For Immediate Release

September 20, 2001

Cumberland County Names
New Interim Animal Control Director

The Cumberland County Manager's Office continues to wrap up its inquiry into allegations of inappropriate conduct in the Animal Control Office. In the mean time, County Manager James Martin has named a new interim director for the department.

Monroe Rascoe, Jr., a former major in the Sheriff's Office, has accepted the position and is scheduled to begin work on Friday, September 21, 2001.

Rascoe was among the Sheriff's Office employees affected by the county's reduction in force that was due to this year's budget crisis.

Rascoe worked his way up in the Sheriff's Office from a road deputy and detective to a Lieutenant and then later a Major. Under his leadership, the Sheriff's Office's award winning and nationally recognized canine unit was started. Rascoe supervised the unit until his departure from the Sheriff's Office on June 30th.

Also a retired Army Sergeant Major with 30 years military service, Rascoe has excellent organizational, leadership and supervisory skills.

"I am pleased that Major Rascoe has agreed to return to county service," says County Manager James Martin. "I look forward to his leadership in improving the operations and professionalism of the Animal Control Department."

Rascoe's role will be to help re-focus the mission of the Animal Control operation and to help prepare the office for the anticipated hiring of a veterinarian early next year.

For more information on this news release, please call Cumberland County Public Information Director Tonya Harris-Council at 437-1921.

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