Montcalm County Animal Control officer named new director

By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 11:50 am on Tuesday, October 23, 2012

New Montcalm County Animal Control Director Angela Sova-Hollinshead holds Lexie, one of 52 dogs that were seized from a Sheridan residence last week, along with 10 cats. The animals may be available for adoption after court proceedings are finalized. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

STANTON — Montcalm County Animal Control has a director once again.

The Board of Commissioners unanimously voted Monday to promote Angela Sova-Hollinshead from officer to director of Animal Control and the Animal Shelter.

Controller-Administrator Chris Hyzer has been overseeing Animal Control for the past year since Patricia Lentz lost her job as director as part of county budget cuts in September 2011. Sova has been the only full-time employee for Animal Control since then.

“I haven’t heard as many complaints coming back from the public,” said Hyzer of Sova’s job performance. “The staff has done well. I just think a better structure should be in place and we should have a director there to handle things on a day-to-day basis. That’s what they’re lacking right now, besides more staff. A director could probably give a better vision for Animal Control as they move forward. I think it would be a better structure and all the employees would have someone to answer to on a day-to-day basis.”

Sova-Hollinshead will earn an annual salary of $39,158, or $3,768.44 more than what she earned as an officer, including overtime.

I think (Sova-Hollinshead) is very capable of stepping into that job,” Hyzer said. “It’s a small cost to promote (Sova-Hollinshead) compared to what she’s making now.”

Sova-Hollinshead is a 2006 graduate of Greenville High School and a current Greenville resident.

Before Monday’s promotion, Sova-Hollinshead already had her hands full as an Animal Control officer, helping seize a total of 52 dogs and 10 cats from a Sheridan residence last week after Animal Control received a complaint about the residence. The seized animals may  be available for adoption after court proceedings are finalized. Until then, the Animal Shelter in Stanton is full and overflow animals have been sent to the Kent County Animal Shelter in Grand Rapids.

“I’m very excited about my new position,” Sova-Hollinshead told The Daily News. “I have a lot of positive ideas for Animal Control and the Animal Shelter.”

The Montcalm County Animal Shelter is open from 3 to 6 p.m. Mondays and Fridays and from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Call the Animal Shelter at (989) 831-7355 for more information.

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