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Animal Services Commission

Legal Authority: Established by Ordinance G-7335, effective February 9, 2006, adding Chapter 2.150 and amending sections 7.04.020 and 7.08.280 of the Kern County Ordinance Code. Amended by Ordinance G-8292, effective July 5, 2012, revising reimbursement of mileage and travel expenses; Ordinance G-8650, effective July 21, 2016, changed the name to Animal Services Commission.
Membership Qualifications: Five (5) voting members appointed by the Board of Supervisors, one (1) nonvoting member and one (1) alternate nonvoting member of the Board of Supervisors.
Term: The five (5) Board-appointed members shall serve a staggered term of four years to run concurrent with the term of the supervisor who makes his/her nomination. The Board of Supervisors members' terms shall correspond to his/her official tenure.
Duties: It shall be the responsibility of the commission to: 1) engage in a long-term planning process through which it identifies major issues and establishes recommendations for the Board of Supervisors for policies and procedures on animal services program operations; 2) promote public awareness of the goals and operations of the animal shelters and to enhance public confidence and improve community relations with respect to animal control program operations; 3) investigate and provide advisory recommendations to the Board of Supervisors on all proposed amendments to Chapters 7.04 and 7.08 of the Kern County Ordinance Code; 4) review and investigate citizen complaints regarding animal services program operations and, if appropriate, provide advisory recommendations to the Board of Supervisors concerning matters brought to its attention by members of the public; 5) serve as the administrative review board for the consideration of appeals to orders regarding the designation of dangerous animal and the impoundment of a dangerous animal for euthanasia under Section 7.08.280 of the Ordinance Code; and 6) serve as the administrative review board for consideration of appeals to the revocation of permits under Section 7.08.400 of the Ordinance Code.
Meeting Place and Time: County Administrative Center
1115 Truxtun Avenue, 3rd Floor Multipurpose Room
Third Wednesday of each month at 6:00 p.m.
Meeting Schedule/Agenda/Minutes
Compensation: Members shall be reimbursed for mileage incurred in traveling to and from meetings of the Commission and for travel expenses actually and necessarily incurred while traveling on the business of the Commission. Such travel expenses shall be authorized by the Board of Supervisors in advance of the commencement thereof.
Ethics Training: Pursuant to State law, on or after January 1, 2006, any person newly appointed shall successfully complete a course in ethics training approved by the Fair political Practices Commission and Attorney General. Each member is required to complete this training every two years.
Contact: Animal Services Department
3951 Fruitvale Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93308
  Oath and Statement of Economic Interests (Form 700) Required
Members When Appointed Appointed By Whom Term Expires
Karen Taggert
7/14/2015 Board of Supervisors
(nom. by S.D. 1)
Janice Anderson 2/28/2006 Board of Supervisors
(nom. by S.D. 2)
Deborah J. Geary
9/18/2012 Board of Supervisors
(nom. by S.D. 3)
Gary Alan Blackburn
(Replacing Michael Yraceburn)
10/15/2013 Board of Supervisors
(nom. by S.D. 4)
Neel Sannappa
6/26/2018 Board of Supervisors
(nom. by S.D. 5)
Board of Supervisors Representatives (Non-voting)
Leticia Perez 1/14/2014 Board of Supervisors Virtue of Office
David Couch (Alternate) 1/8/2013 Board of Supervisors Virtue of Office