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LINCOLN — Julie Parker of Lincoln has been named Logan County's animal-control warden.

Her first day was Thursday.

She replaces Vickie Loafman along with assistant Kelli Jackson, who resigned in early November.

"I've got a lot to learn but am looking forward to it. I'm really excited," Parker said. "For the rest of this week, I am just going to be learning the ropes and getting involved with the daily activities."

Parker said she wants a more positive light focused on animal control after a spate of bad publicity connected to the resignations, which were related to personnel conflicts about practicing euthanasia.

"I plan to start a lot of fund raising to let people know we do have animals available for adoption and want people to be more aware of our need for volunteers, food and animals being spayed and neutered," said Parker. "I think serious fund raising is needed, and I am going to work with the animal-control board, our employees and community to see that happen."

The program's new assistant is Morris Tierney.

Parker, of Lincoln, previously worked at health-related businesses in Bloomington and Hopedale.

"My love for animals has always been my hobby, and now I am going to get paid for it. I think my background in the medical field will be able to come in handy helping the animals," said Parker.

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