Darren Doyle, story:
Judge Executive Wil Cannon's office has announced that animal control officer Eric Roscoe has resigned, effective immediately.
Judge Cannon said that a local animal care group had experienced several communication issues with Roscoe and was no longer comfortable working with him. Cannon said that a county-employed animal control officer must be able to work hand-in-hand with local animal groups and the problems would negatively affect the mission of bringing an animal shelter to Edmonson County.
Cannon also said that there were individuals that discovered Roscoe's picture on a couple of websites that display mugshots and charges. According to Cannon, the county conducted a background search on Mr. Roscoe when he was hired in June of 2016 and no charges were discovered, nor anything else that would negatively affect the county's decision in hiring him. He said the background check was the type of check done on any non-sworn or non-certified county employee. While Roscoe's title contained "officer," he did not have arresting powers; he could only issue citations for animal ordinance violations.
"Today, we found out some information that didn't show up on the initial check conducted by Sheriff Shane Doyle," Cannon said. "While the Sheriff is Mr. Roscoe's supervisor, my office is the one that gave authority to name him as the animal control officer. The individuals that brought this to our attention claimed that this was a felony assault charge, but we can't confirm that. What we know is that there is no evidence of a conviction to that charge. This apparently happened out of state several years ago and Mr. Roscoe told us that it was actually a misdemeanor charge, to which he pleaded guilty. It did not show up on his background check. We met with Mr. Roscoe today and asked him about these problems and he said he didn't want to cause any negative issues for the county and he voluntarily resigned."
Sheriff Doyle said that he understands why Roscoe chose to resign but the county has lost some ground during this incident.
"It's an unfortunate situation for everyone involved," said Doyle. "During his time of service we received many compliments on the job he was doing and we know for a fact he accomplished some good things. However, if local animal organizations are having issues with him, the situation has to be resolved immediately. Nothing was found in his background check and we do these checks all the time. Even so, in this case, Mr. Roscoe felt it was best to resign."
We spoke with Mr. Roscoe about the situation and he told us almost exactly the same thing as Judge Cannon had relayed.
"I don't want to bring anything negative to our county," he said. "I respect the Judge's outlook on the situation and while this charge happened about eight years ago and was handled, I don't want to be the cause of any problems."
Mr. Roscoe said he thought it was unfortunate that the local animal group felt like there were problems between them, but he said he did the best he could do.
"As I said when the county hired me, our main problem here is with animal owner education, not necessarily the animal themselves. I've tried to take care of our animal situation and educate our animal owners in the process."
Cannon said in some states, certain charges can be expunged from one's record after a certain time period and if there is no felony conviction, it will not show on a background check. "We cannot find any further information on this charge except what Mr. Roscoe has told us. The Sheriff's office did everything they were supposed to do in this matter when Mr. Roscoe was brought on last year."
Judge Cannon said the search for a new animal control officer would begin immediately, but not without some stricter guidelines.
"We're going to work on the limitations of the office. Mr. Roscoe was answering every kind of animal call you can think of and that's not what we need. This needs to be a Dog Control Officer only, and we're going to make sure we do a better job of making those duties known."
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5/19/2017 09:38:18 am
I'd love to know who the "individuals" are that don't have anything better to do than surf mugshot websites. Get a life people. Its obvious whoever they are get enjoyment out of tearing down edmonson coutny. Good luck to you Mr Rosco.
5/19/2017 12:38:32 pm
AMEN!! Idle hands..............
5/19/2017 09:39:10 am
Sounds like typical Edmonton County crap to me! We should be thankful for this man that came into our county with a big heart. He has been the best animal control we have ever had in this county. Everyone makes mistakes...those who live in glass houses should not throw stones. I highly respect Mr. Roscoe
5/19/2017 10:04:58 am
I have worked with Animal Control Officer Roscoe on a few different occasions in his former role. I have seen nothing but professionalism and kindness in each of those opportunities. I have seen him do more than his job required and go the extra mile to make sure situations were resolved quickly and with respect. I was glad to know him as an officer, and then as a friend. This is a true loss for our county.
5/19/2017 10:17:27 am
While the Humane Society of Edmonson County never had the chance to work with Mr. Roscoe, we know that he did the best with what he had and did everything he could for the animals in our county. We wish him the best of luck moving forward.
5/19/2017 12:01:46 pm
Sounds like a witch hunt to me. What kind of "individuals" would do this to a good man? Better hope no one finds something in your closet.
5/19/2017 12:04:46 pm
When is this silly humane society thing going to end? Edmonson Co. is not big enough for two different humane societies. They either need to come together or both quit. One wants to sue the county, the other has run off the officer. The people are tearing down what the judge is trying to do. Pathetic!
5/19/2017 06:00:43 pm
The Humane Society of Edmonson County has never been in litigation with the county or had the intention of being in litigation with the county.
5/19/2017 08:42:03 pm
I agree to a certain point Lisa. Yet, the group held responsible for throwing our Animal Control Officer under the bus is primarily focused on dogs, while the other group, I think, is more aligned with the idealism of PETA. That idealism would never work in Edmonson County. Gotta start from the start and that's man's best friend. Many good hearts are involved in trying to do what is right. Weak leadership is why this article became necessary.
Tyler F Johnson
5/19/2017 09:26:57 pm
The only thing that would make this sad story worse would be adding in some type of Russian interference component.
5/20/2017 07:42:58 am
I am no longer an Edmonson county resident but lived in county for a very long time and imho the politics of many animal organizations lean way left. They tend to threaten lawsuits to any group or individual that does not practice what they believe. Having read the comments I believe Mr Roscoe had his heart in his job and was serving Edmonson County the county attorney needs to man up and fight for his personnel no matter what background this person had if animal cruelty was not in his background then he should still be serving sounds like Mr Roscoe was being baited by calls threatening him I too would withhold conversation if that was the case.....
5/20/2017 08:14:15 am
I know this man as a gentleman, friend and a veteran of our beloved nation. I'm appalled that anyone would go to this extent to slander or smear the man's reputation. I have certainly made mistakes in life and continue to regret them. I am heart broken for this good man's pain and the impact on his wonderful family. I'm very disappointed that our government accepted his resignation. We live in a country of the free because of the brave. Ever heard this statement? Mr. Roscoe is the Navy Seal who this statement speaks of.
5/24/2017 07:41:14 am
Truth be known whoever started all this probably has a bad record themselves. Or else it's someone who is trying to to get the job for themselves.
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