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Apr 8, 2013 9:20 AM by AP

Animal control hires await mayor's approval

MONROE, La. (AP) - The two new animal control officers hired by Monroe Police await final approval from Mayor Jamie Mayo.

Sgt. Mark Johnson tells The News-Star (http://tnsne.ws/10MOW6y ) police Chief Quentin Holmes conducted interviews with the pair last month.

Johnson said the new hires' names are being withheld pending the mayor's approval. He said plans are still ongoing for them to start on April 16.

Johnson said that date is the beginning of a new pay period, and all new hires coincide with these dates, per city policy.

The previous animal welfare officer, Demond Cotton, assumed other duties within the police department shortly after coming under public scrutiny for shooting two dogs at the Humane Society Adoption Center in May.

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