LAKE PLACID - The town of North Elba has hired a former village police chief as its dog control officer.
Scott Monroe, who retired from the Lake Placid Police Department last year, was unanimously appointed as the town's part-time dog control officer during a board meeting earlier this week. He'll be paid as an independent contractor and receive an annual salary of $10,000.
Monroe won't receive benefits for the job, although he will be covered by the town's liability insurance.
Town Councilman Bob Miller said the board reviewed multiple applications and interviewed two viable candidates before settling on Monroe. Because Monroe is a former police officer, he won't need to take any courses before starting the job, Miller said.
The town has already budgeted for the position, so no new funds will be spent to hire Monroe, according to Supervisor Roby Politi.
Monroe will have to appear in town court if dog owners challenge a ticket.
Village police used to pick up dogs in the town, but staffing cuts effectively put an end to that practice.
"It's hard to send someone to McKenzie Pond Road (near Saranac Lake) to get a dog," village police Chief Bill Moore said. "Having the town officer alleviates a lot of our problems. I'm glad that they came to a resolution on the problem."
Moore said village police will still handle dog complaint calls within the village. Calls outside the village will go through police dispatch at 518-523-3306 and then be relayed to Monroe.
The Lake Placid Animal Hospital serves as the kennel for the village and town.
Contact Chris Morris at 891-2600 ext. 25 or cmorris@