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Lancaster adds teeth to Dog Control Department

The Lancaster Town Board on Monday night bolstered its Dog Control Department by approving the hiring of a part-time officer, boosting the pay of four other part-time officers and giving the chief officer a $16,000 salary hike over two years.

Newcomer Alana M. Turchiarelli will join four other part-time employees in the Dog Control Department, earning $13 an hour. The four other employees will each receive a $3 hourly raise, boosting their pay to $13 an hour.

"They've done a heck of a job," said Councilman Matthew Walter.

Supervisor Johanna Coleman said that Jean Karn, the only full-time dog control officer, was appointed in July 2017.

"What is really important," said Coleman, "is the public safety issue. We think things are going in the right direction with Mrs. Karn."

Effective Jan. 1, the annual salary for Karn was raised from $34,000 to $42,500, which is 85 percent of her full salary of $50,000.

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