The Killeen Police Department fired the city’s animal control manager, Stacie Sherva.
Sherva’s termination, announced by KPD late Wednesday, stemmed from an investigation into allegations that she violated department policy related to the management of personnel and the proper care of animals.
“Mrs. Sherva’s employment was terminated, and the search for her replacement will begin immediately,” Police Chief Dennis Baldwin said Wednesday.
Sherva, who worked at the shelter since August 2008, was initially placed on paid administrative leave Oct. 4 while the department conducted an investigation into the allegations.
While the investigation was ongoing, Baldwin appointed Killeen Police Commander Lee Caufield as an interim supervisor for Animal Control and the city’s animal shelter.
Baldwin announced plans to improve the shelter in an October 2013 memo to members of the Killeen City Council. That memo outlined steps to rearrange how animals are stored at the shelter, including separating stray animals from adoption-ready animals to reduce disease exposure.
Other goals outlined in the memo included the increased supervision of personnel at the shelter, new equipment to trap stray animals, a stricter cleaning schedule of the shelter, and better record-keeping of the intake of animals and any treatment performed while in custody.
Caufield has implemented many of those changes.
During an interview with the Herald in December, Caufield said improvements included new cleaning practices and having more attendants to care for the animals.