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MANSFIELD -- Richland County has terminated Dog Warden Dave Jordan, according to Commissioner Tony Vero, and will begin this week the process of interviewing for an interim replacement.
“The Richland County commissioners relieved Dave Jordan of his duties as the county dog warden on (Feb. 19). The separation was cordial, and we wish him good luck in his future endeavors," Vero said in a written statement.
Jordan, 54, took over as Richland County dog warden in 2004, according to an interview he did with Richland Source in 2016.
Jordan said he had been an officer with the Lexington Police Department, a supervisor at the Richland County Juvenile Detention Center and a U.S. Army veteran.
Jordan reportedly began work at the shelter in 2002.
In Richland County, the dog warden is in charge at the animal shelter, which is a separate entity from the local Humane Society.
The shelter itself does not receive tax dollars, but is funded through dog licenses, adoption and impound fees, and donations.
Vero said commissioners will interview an interim dog warden candidate on Thursday. He also said operating the shelter since Jordan's departure has been a team effort by commissioners, the Richland County Sheriff's Department and the Richland County Auditor's Office.
He said dogs at the shelter are being well cared for during this transition time.
Richland Source has filed a public records request to view Jordan's personnel file.
Vero said commissioners met this afternoon with the Richland County Prosecutor's Office to go over the file and ensure no personal information was released. He said the file will be made available to Richland Source once that work is complete.
The dog shelter is closed to the public today due to the power outage, according to a sign on the door.