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      Skeldon to retire as Dog Warden

      Embattled Lucas County Dog Warden Tom Skeldon will step down from his position at the end of the year.

      Skeldon sent a letter to County Commissioners Board President Pete Gerken Thursday morning announcing his retirement, effective Jan. 31, 2010. Skeldon will take advantage of accrued vacation time, which will make this New Year's Eve his last day in office.

      Gerken expressed well-wishes to Skeldon Thursday after sharing the news with his colleagues. "I'd like to publicly recognize Tom Skeldon's 20+ years as Dog Warden. He has served over 10 different Commissioners in a very difficult position and I wish him well in his retirement."

      According to Gerken, at the start of 2010, Bonnie Mitchell, the current Dog Pound Manager, will serve as interim Dog Warden while a search for Skeldon's replacement takes place.

      A search committee will be formed to find Skeldon's replacement. Each Lucas County commissioner will be able to appoint one member to the committee.

      Lucas County Commissioner Tina Skeldon-Wozniak, who is also a cousin of the current Dog Warden, says she looks forward to developing a transition plan that will identify a strong leader to take Skeldon's place.