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Position Notice - Animal Matters Hearing Board

Media Contact: Beth Gochrach, 240-777-2528
For Immediate Release: 03/26/2021
Application Deadline: 04/16/2021

Elrich Seeks Applicants for Animal Matters Hearing Board

County Executive Marc Elrich is seeking applicants to fill three vacancies on the Animal Matters Hearing Board. One vacancy is for a representative of licensed animal fanciers and two are for public members. One public incumbent is eligible to apply for reappointment.

The Animal Matters Hearing Board conducts hearings based on appeals and complaints related to incidents that occur in Montgomery County. Appeals arise from orders and decisions issued by the Director of the Animal Services Division as well as animal services officers. Complaints involve allegations of Chapter 5 (Animal Control) violations, such as: animal nuisance complaints, animal cruelty, declaring a dog dangerous/potentially dangerous, violation of an adoption contract, or violation of a Board order. Complainants may also seek damages. The Board may award payment up to $1000 plus the filing fee of $25. The Board advises the County Executive and County Council on how to improve animal control laws, regulations, and programs; and proposes guidelines to maintain functional animal control facilities. There are seven members in the following categories: a representative of licensed animal fanciers, a representative of the County Humane Society, and five public members.

Members serve three-year terms without compensation, but are eligible for reimbursement for travel and dependent care for in-person meetings attended. The Board meets virtually by video- and teleconference an average of two to four meetings per month in the evenings to conduct hearings. When in-person meetings resume in the future, the Board will meet in Gaithersburg. Members are required to file a public financial disclosure statement before County Executive appointment and annually thereafter.

Applicants of diverse, backgrounds, professions, genders, geography, abilities, ethnicities, and ages are encouraged to apply. Members of County boards, committees and commissions may not serve on more than one such group at a time. Members must complete training on the Maryland Open Meetings Act and basic parliamentary procedure. The County Executive’s appointments are subject to confirmation by the County Council. Applications will be forwarded to the Council for confirmation and may be made public as part of the confirmation process. The deadline for application is April 16, 2021. To apply please click “Apply for Position” below to complete the online form and provide a cover letter and resume (in one document).

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