Culver City Observer
Oct. 13, 2008
Animal Control Officer Gets A Step Closer
Despite protests from Councilmember Andy Weissman and Mayor Scott Malsin the Culver City Council approved on a 3-2 vote the classification specifications for Culver City's Animal Control Officer at the October 13 meeting. Staff surveyed surrounding cities which have similar positions and projected a salary of $41,000 to $52,000 per year.
The council has budgeted $129,000 for the first year. Opponents criticized the amount claiming the expenses will far outrun that number. Weissman expressed frustration that the council should vote on the entire plan, not just one segment at a time.
The current plan calls for the non-swom officer to be placed under the supervision of the police department, working 40 hours per week. The officer would work in conjunction with the county and calls to the police department during the remaining 128 hours each week when the officer is not on duty.
Fulfilling their campaign commitments to fund the position, Councilmembers Mehaul O'Leary and Christopher Armenta joined with Councilmember Gary Silbiger voting in favor of the proposed classification.