County forming animal hearing panel
Orange County is looking for residents to serve as part of a Hearing Panel Pool regarding animal services. The Hearing Panel Pool will be established to protect the health, safety, and welfare of Orange County residents, as well as the animals inhabiting the county. Its purpose is to conduct fair and impartial hearings of appeals from residents who have been served declarations and other administrative actions under the Animal Control Ordinance.
The Hearing Panel Pool will consist of 18 members and include the following: 3 members of the Animal Services Advisory Board (ASAB) and 15 additional Orange County residents. Along with the ASAB members, it must have members from the following: two from each town municipality, one veterinarian, one person with experience in the field of public health, one person with experience in the field of public safety, six at-large residents of the county with relevant knowledge of animal behavior (three of which must reside in the unincorporated part of Orange County). Each panel will include one person from the town or jurisdiction in which the appellant resides.
The pool has been created as part of the new Unified Animal Ordinance, which was adopted by the county and the towns in early 2016 and became effective March 1, 2016. It guarantees due process and fills a critical gap in the county’s previous ordinance, in which there were inadequate appeal provisions. The Unified Animal Ordinance is a welcome framework for delivering integrated animal services throughout the county, and the appeal process is an essential part of its evolution.
Serving as a part of the Hearing Panel Pool is an opportunity for Orange County residents to become involved in the county and community.
Those appointed to serve will be trained by the Orange County Attorney’s Office.
For more information, please visit wwww.orangecountync.gov
Board of Orange County Commissioners
Director of Animal Services
Prayers to Kyla
The article on the drag queens visiting Kyla Rose Robbins at Duke Hospital brought tears to my eyes. Thank you to all who show kindness to others. Continuing prayers to Kyla and all who love her.
Beverly Berry Kerr