Union OKs New Dog Officer

By Erika Mahoney

Union OKs New Dog Officer

January 16, 2013 Updated Jan 17, 2013 at 11:56 AM EDT

Town of Union, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Town of Union officials say complaints and calls related to dogs have been on the rise, so they are happy to welcome a new deputy dog control officer to their team.

On Wednesday, the board unanimously voted to hire Tarah Tripp.

Tripp is the former control officer for the Broome County Humane Society.

She was replaced at the Humane Society by John Shea, the former Binghamton captain who retired and pleaded guilty to charges related to drunk driving.

Recently, he admitted to stealing nearly $2,000 from his former department.

Town of Union Supervisor Rose Sotak said Tripp worked with the town during the 2011 flood, and she looks forward to having her work with them on a daily basis.

"Her department head Dee knows her well quite well, has a good working relationship with her," Sotak said. "She feels she will work well within our staff and with our Town of Union residents, and also, she has an understanding of the law."

Tripp still has to complete pre-employment testing.

She will replace Kevin Wheeler, who retired.