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March 12. 2013 11:22PM

Danville returns former animal control officer to post

DANVILLE -- The town's former animal control officer will be back on the job.
Sheila Johannesen beat opponent Michelle Cooper, a Danville police officer, by a vote of 394-194 in the race for the position in Tuesday's election.
Voters rejected a proposal that would have allowed the town to continue using Plaistow's ACO to handle Danville's animal control calls (255-392). The proposed warrant article sought to rescind a vote last year that made it an elected position.
Johannesen served in the position until selectmen didn't reappoint her in 2011. They opted to sign a regional contract with the Plaistow Police Department to have its ACO handle Danville calls.
The position has been a source of controversy as selectmen wanted to keep the contract with Plaistow, insisting that it was less expensive for the town.
Voters also passed the town's $2.8 million operating budget 341-301.

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