Nate Ennis takes over leadership of DeWitt County's Public Safety Committee and has a few things he's focused on in the few years ahead.
Last Thursday morning, Ennis brought representatives of Second Chance for Pets and the Animal Shelter to the virtual meeting of the committee, Ennis' first as chair. A few years ago, there was turmoil surrounding Second Chance and the Animal Shelter and he wants to leave those things in the past and move forward.
Ennis believes Second Chance is not serving the community to its fullest capabilities unless they are able to work together with the Animal Shelter. He points to the recommended approval of Donnie Benson as Animal Shelter administrator as a step forward in that collaboration.
Finding animals in a variety of situations where they are in need fo new homes is something Ennis is passionate about and he calls Second Chance a leader in those efforts, so bringing them back to the table of discussion with the Public Safety Committee and the Animal Shelter is something he'll be focused on in his time as committee chair.
Earlier this year, former Public Safety Committee Chairperson Lance Reece was instrumental in bringing ambulance service to Farmer City as their agreement with Arrow Ambulance expires on Jan. 1. Ennis is focusing his efforts in the near future on making sure the transition is seamless and getting to know all the players in that situation.
He also notes his good working relationship with Sheriff Mike Walker, and while there are aspects of the Sheriff's office not under the jurisdiction of Public Safety, Ennis believes they will work together well and also notes they oversee the Emergency Management Agency office as well.