A longtime Sonoma County employee has taken over accounting and budget duties in a new job at the county’s embattled Animal Care and Control division.
Cindy Williams, formerly an analyst in the Information Systems Department and a 19-year county employee, started in her new position as operations manager with Animal Care and Control this week, county officials announced late Thursday.
Her hiring was in the works for months, according to Agricultural Commissioner Cathy Neville. It had “absolutely nothing to do” with the removal this week. of Amy Cooper, Animal Care and Control’s director, Neville said.
Neville oversees Animal Care and Control. She said Williams’ job was created partly from a vacant position in the department.
Williams will handle administrative, budgetary and supervisory duties. She will report directly to Bob Garcia, who was tapped by Neville to lead Animal Care and Control while a replacement for Cooper is found.
Williams’ new salary is $74,568. Her former salary in Information Systems was $71,340.
The search for a new director to replace Cooper will begin in August, Neville said.
— Brett Wilkison