In 2010, former Smithfield Town Manager Eric Williams moved oversight of the animal control officer from the Police Department to Public Works. Now, the single position is being returned to the police department.
At the request of Town Manager Michael Scott, the animal control position will transfer back to the police department next Monday, January 2nd. Lyn Corbin, who has been the animal control officer for 28 years is retiring. With his retirement, Scott believes the new officer hired to replace Corbin should work under the guidance of police.
When Corbin was moved to public works in 2010, his position was split between animal control and equipment operator duties.
Next week the animal control position will be full time under the police department. The Public Works Department will be granted a full-time equipment operators position to fill. The change will increase the annual cost of the salary and benefits by $23,500 annually.
Even though animal control officer will be paid out of the police budget, it will be a non-sworn position.