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New Bullitt County Animal Shelter director works first week on the job

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BULLITT COUNTY, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Bullitt County Animal Shelter has a new director, after the last one was caught on video using a racial slur. 

It's the first week on the job for the Director Mark Williams. Williams says he was the Director at the Bullitt County Animal Shelter from 2000 to 2004. He says he was fired after he went on disability, but now, years later, he's back with plans for the shelter and its cat room too.

"I want to build some kind of a shed that a grant would let approve, so they'll pay for it of course," Williams said. "Definitely want to get the cats out of those cages."  

The Shelter has been without a director for three months, after video surfaced back in April of now-former Shelter director Jimmy Miller making this comment against the Bullitt County Jailer:

MILLER: "I thought I've seen [EXPLETIVE] Knox's car up Mt. Washington riding around with no sign on it."

EMPLOYEE: "Really?"

MILLER: "Yep, pretty sure it was her."

An employee who was later fired secretly recorded Miller. The county fired Miller a month later and just now filled the job with Williams. 

Miller and Williams know each other, having competed for the office of constable of District 4 in Bullitt County. Williams beat Miller for the job. 

"It's ironic, isn't it?" Williams said. "It's something else too. Things happen."

When asked how he can juggle both jobs, Williams says, "My constable position comes after animal control. Basically, all I do in my district for constable is patrol. If I got a complaint for anything, they'll get a hold of me, usually at my home, or the phone I've got for the constable position."

Williams would also like the shelter to have more evening and weekend hours for all of its services, including adoption.

When asked about euthanizing pets, he says, "It's going to have to happen. That's another thing: I'd like to shoot for a no-kill shelter. But it's going to be hard. It takes time. It takes procedures."

Some of the changes Williams wants to make will still need to be approved by Bullitt Fiscal Court.

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