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Interim leaders picked for KMC, Kern County Animal Control

Interim leaders picked for KMC, Kern County Animal Control
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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Interim leaders have been appointed at Kern Medical Center and Kern County Animal Control.

The county Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to appoint County Administrative Officer John Nilon as interim CEO at KMC.

Paul Hensler was fired as CEO of the county-run hospital Sept. 9 after he and his staff disclosed budget problems in the millions of dollars.

"Putting the hospital's operations and finances in order is the Board's most urgent priority," Supervisor Mike Maggard said in a news release Tuesday. "For the county, there is no challenge as great as this one, and as such, the Board believes strongly that we must fill the leadership void immediately as we evaluate what steps to take next at Kern Medical Center."

Assistant Kern County Animal Control Director Shyanne Schull has been appointed as interim director by a vote of the county Board of Supervisors.

Jen Woodard was fired Sept. 10 as director.

Schull has supervised daily operations of the shelter since her appointment as assistant director in January. She was animal control director in Shafter and has 15 years of field experience. She also has an animal science degree from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo.

She'll be responsible for the county's move to its new Animal Control facility after the end of an operational partnership with the city of Bakersfield. The county must vacate the city-owned animal shelter by the end of the month.

"Ms. Schull is already well into the task, and the Board has complete confidence in her ability to lead the department through this critical transition into a new era of county animal services," Maggard said in a separate news release.

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