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New Animal Control officer staying busy

By Melissa McCaghren

Slatonite GM

The City of Slaton Police Department’s new animal control officer has been busy the past few weeks helping animals and other duties.

“First few weeks have been good, been a learning experience,” said Wayne Cogburn, who was hired for the position. He started Aug. 19.

One of those tasks has been to improve the shelter as well. Cogburn and Santos Yanez have been doing some “spring cleaning” around the outside. They also reinstalled the weathered sign for the shelter.

Chief of Police Trevor Barnes said Cogburn has been a resident of Slaton for 29 years, and is the father of three children. One of the three is currently in Army boot camp.

He said Cogburn was a good choice for animal control officer. “I selected Wayne for Animal Control Officer because of his maturity, his desire to better himself, (his) willingness to learn and his desire to do the job,” he said.

Barnes said he was also excited to have Cogburn continue improving what had been done by his predecessor.

“Wayne was very lucky to come into a very organized and clean facility where all he had to do was continue the good things that were already happening from the previous ACO,” said Barnes. “Of course Wayne will bring a new perspective and do it the way that best suits him, as long as he serves the needs of this community in the animal control field, he can run his facility however he sees fit.”

For more information, please read the Thursday edition of The Slatonite.

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