Central Texas Animal Control Manager Fired

KILLEEN (January 29, 2014) Killeen Police Department Animal Control Manager Stacey Sherva, who was placed on paid leave more than three months ago, was fired Wednesday for “violating department policy related to the management of personnel and the proper care of animals,” department spokeswoman Carroll Smith said in a press release.

Sherva was placed on administrative leave on Oct. 4, 2013 while the department’s internal affairs unit investigated unspecified allegations of policy violations.

“The internal investigation involving the Animal Control Manager, Stacey Sherva, has concluded, and the violations were sustained by my office," Killeen Police Chief Dennis Baldwin said in a statement Wednesday.

“The policy violations sustained pertain to neglect of duty concerning the substandard management of employees and the lack of care and treatment of animals under the shelter’s care,” he said.

A search for her replacement will begin immediately, he said.

Commander Lee Caufield was named interim animal control manager after Sherva’s suspension in October.