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Amy Cooper resigns as Sonoma County animal control director

Amy Cooper, Sonoma County’s Animal Care and Control Department director who was dismissed and rehired in a controversy that ended two years ago, stunned employees and animal welfare advocates Tuesday by announcing her resignation, effective Friday.

A reflective Cooper returns to animal control job

UPDATE 8:20 PM: Amy Cooper returned to her old job overseeing Sonoma County’s animal shelter on Tuesday, nine months after she was fired and told to leave the facility immediately. Cooper said she still has not been told why she was fired. “I don’t suspect I’ll ever know, and I’m at peace with that,” she said.

Cooper gets her old job back

UPDATE 7:15 PM: Sonoma County has re-hired Amy Cooper to lead the Animal Care and Control Division. Her return comes nine months after Cooper’s controversial firing sparked numerous investigations, a department re-organization and the departure of the county’s agricultural commissioner.

Ag commissioner’s office focus of dual investigations

At least two more investigations are underway into the county’s Agricultural Commissioner’s Office and its chief, Cathy Neville, who has been on paid leave since Jan. 12. One is led by a high-powered Sacramento attorney who works under contract for the county. The other is being conducted by the Sonoma County Grand Jury.

Cooper wants her job back

Amy Cooper confirmed Monday that she will apply to get her old job back as the county’s Animal Care and Control director. Six months ago, her controversial firing galvanized her supporters and prompted supervisors to reorganize the agency she once ran.

Cooper must compete for her old job

Talks have broken down between the county and Amy Cooper, the former Animal Care and Control director who was dismissed two days before completing her one-year probationary period. The firing sparked a public outcry and demands that she be reinstated. But if Cooper wants her old job back, she must apply for it and compete with other candidates.

Supes transfer Animal Control to Public Health

Sonoma County’s Animal Care and Control Division will be under new management on Friday. Will that eventually include Amy Cooper?

Supes to decide timing of Animal Control restructuring

Sonoma County’s Animal Care and Control Division could be under new management by Friday if supervisors agree to the proposal at their Tuesday meeting.

Ferguson: Animal Care division should be moved

County Administrator Veronica Ferguson will ask supervisors to move the Animal Care and Control Division into the Public Health Department. If approved, the move would effectively strip Agricultural Commissioner Cathy Neville of nearly half of her agency’s annual budget and employees.

Supes balk at hiring animal control consultant

The Board of Supervisors gave County Administrator Veronica Ferguson a month to make a recommendation on whether the Animal Care and Control Department should be separated from the Agricultural Commissioner’s office. But they balked at Ferguson’s request to hire a consultant to help with the analysis.

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