Changes made to streamline animal services in Campbell County

Haley Parnell
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Cities in Campbell County have entered into an interlocal agreement with the county to dissolve the Northern Kentucky Animal Control Board and enter into a new deal with the fiscal court to provide animal control services.

The cities of Bellevue, Cold Spring, Dayton, Fort Thomas, Highland Heights, Melbourne, Silver Grove, Southgate, and Wilder are participating in the agreement.

Previously, these cities hired employees and had animal control operations that were separate from the Campbell County Animal Shelter.

According to Campbell County Administrator Matt Elberfeld, the process to make animal services run more efficiently began in August when cities approached the county with the idea.

“We are willing to do that. I think it makes sense,” Elberfeld said at the Oct. 19 fiscal court meeting. “It’s a more streamlined operation to have animal control and animal shelter unified under our shelter operations.”

The Campbell County Animal Shelter will now be referred to as Campbell County Animal Services. Lisa Krummen will serve as Director of Animal Services. Animal Services is located at 1989 Poplar Ridge Road in Melbourne.

The new system also allowed for the promotion of Kendra Cross to the full-time animal control officer position to help provide coverage to the cities in the agreement. According to Elberfeld, the cities agreed to reimburse the fiscal court for 100% of that cost.

“They are splitting the cost based on pro-rata on their population, and we will invoice them for their share of the employment costs,” Elberfeld said. “But that person will be a fiscal court employee under the direction of Lisa.”

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Before this agreement, cities were sometimes underserved; if an employee was out sick, training, or vacationing, the areas often had no backup help.

“I will say having been involved in local government for 35 years when you guys just did is a tremendously forward, for especially incorporated areas and even the unincorporated areas, as far as services for our citizens,” Campbell County Attorney Steve Franzen said at the meeting. “So, wow, this is something that has been sorely needed for a long time.”

Once the program is up and running, Elberfeld said animal services would have much better data and reporting because they can track calls more efficiently.  

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