By Elise Franco
Animal Charity will have a new humane agent soon.
The agency’s board voted Thursday in closed session to hire someone new to fill the vacant humane agent position, said Gary Pilcher, board chairman.
Pilcher said the board called and left a message for its No. 1 candidate Thursday night and hope to hear back today on whether he will accept the position.
“We’re going to make a very serious offer, one that we hope he will accept,” he said.
Joe Borosky and Nikole Baringer formerly had the positions of humane agent and chief executive officer, respectively, but lost their jobs Monday after the board decided it would no longer provide those services because of financial problems. Two part-time animal caretakers also were let go.
A temporary financial resolution seemed to come Wednesday, however, after philanthropists Anthony and Mary Lariccia of Boardman announced they would contribute $50,000 annually until the agency regains its financial footing.
Pilcher said the board had several reasons for not rehiring Borosky and Baringer, but would say only that it had to do with “efficiency.”
“Everything that was said about the financial hemorrhaging, all of that was true,” he said. “But we had some underlying personnel issues that have come back to the forefront.”
The board chairman said it’s time for Animal Charity to look ahead and get back on its feet, starting with the hiring of the new humane agent.
“Now that we have the funding we absolutely desperately needed, and we’re able to move forward on what appears to be firm financial footing, we’re in a position to get back the humane function,” Pilcher said.
He said the board has been working around the clock since hearing of the Lariccias’ donation to find the right person for the humane agent job.
“We’ve all been doing a lot of homework this week,” Pilcher said. “Everybody there [Thursday night] has devoted nearly their entire week to addressing this important issue.”
Pilcher said all four of the eliminated positions will eventually be filled, and the hours that were cut for two other employees will be restored.
“Everybody is there because they care very much about animals,” he said. “When we saw the situation we were in it was very depressing. We went from being depressed to ecstatic in a matter of one day.”