Chief animal control officer resigns

Laura Garcia By Laura Garcia

Jan. 7, 2017 at 10:15 p.m.
Updated Jan. 8, 2017 at 12:15 a.m.

Brecka Tieken

Brecka Tieken   CONTRIBUTED PHOTO for The Victoria Advocate

Chief Animal Control Officer Brecka Tieken has given her two-week notice to leave her position with the county.

Tieken has served in this leadership position for more than two years.

Her last day will be Jan. 11, according to her resignation letter dated Dec. 27.

Tieken declined to comment, and the letter doesn't give a reason for her departure.

In the letter, Tieken said she sincerely wishes the very best for Victoria Animal Control.

"It is my hope that you, and all with whom I have worked in my position, know how much I appreciated the opportunity and support I have received during my tenure," she said in the letter.

The Victoria County Commissioners Court hired Tieken in November 2014 amid controversy.

Area animal lovers were upset that a longtime employee, Heather Kern, was passed over for the position.

Kern resigned from her job as second-in-command of animal control, and her supporters credited positive changes in animal control to her leadership.

The top position was vacant after animal control officer Joe Lopez died in September 2014.

The chief animal control officer oversees the shelter, enforcement, public safety and administration in the animal division under the Victoria County Public Health Department.

Public Health Director Derrick Neal said Steve Sanchez will be the interim animal control supervisor while they search for a permanent replacement.

Sanchez has been with Victoria Animal Control for almost 18 years.

Neal said he's confident Sanchez will manage the division in the meantime.


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