SKOWHEGAN — The Somerset Humane Society is looking for a new executive director seven months after director Hattie Spaulding was terminated.

The board had many long meetings this summer and “other things on our agenda” and didn’t see the need to advertise the job sooner, said Cara Mason, a member of the board of directors. She said shelter manager Amie Cunningham has been filling in since March.

“It wasn’t a huge priority because we had somebody doing the work,” she said. She said the board just began advertising the job in recent weeks.

Mason, who is also administrative assistant to the Skowhegan town manager, said she could not disclose why Spaulding, of Palmyra, was terminated in March. Mason said the termination did not involve criminal charges, police or the office of district attorney. Spaulding has declined to comment on her departure.

Mason said the salary for the executive director is between $500 and $600 a week.

“Qualifications include having managerial experience and experience with animals,” Mason said.

At the Somerset Humane Society animal shelter, manager Amie Cunningham, of Smithfield, said she was promoted from the position of kennel technician while Spaulding was executive director. She said both Spaulding and longtime Executive Director Pat Nelson, of Anson, started off as managers before being hired as executive directors.

Cunningham, who has been shelter manager for about three years, said she is not applying for the open spot at the top.

The shelter currently has seven dogs and about 30 cats.

The shelter is taking applications until Nov. 30, Mason said.

Doug Harlow — 612-2367

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