BY JOSH PRESLEY
Since the West Point Police Department took over animal control duties from Public Works at the beginning of July, the search has been on for at least a part-time animal control officer for the city. Now the search is over, as West Point native Eric Davis, 24, was hired as West Pointâ€™s new animal control officer Monday.
West Point Police Chief Tim Brinkley said Davis will work part-time for now, but thereâ€™s a good chance he will go full-time in the future. He said Davis began orientation Tuesday, and his duties - which include responding to calls, enforcing the cityâ€™s animal ordinance and issuing citations - will begin immediately.
â€śHeâ€™s originally from here, and we really preferred someone whoâ€™s local,â€ť Brinkley said. â€śSo, not only will he be familiar with the community, but heâ€™ll also be available to serve our citizens.â€ť
Davis was born in West Point but called himself a â€śmilitary brat,â€ť and he lived in various other places, including four years in Germany, before returning to West Point. He graduated from West Point High School, where he played football, before he attended East Mississippi Community College in Scooba, then transferred to the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he majored in biology.
â€śI had to move back here because school was too expensive,â€ť Davis said. â€śMoving back home turned out to be a much better opportunity than I thought it was going to be with this position coming up.â€ť
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