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New animal control warden worked at no-kill shelter
Anna Friedman transitioned from social work to animal welfare

by Matt Schury


The Kendall County Board unanimously approved hiring Anna Friedman as the new Animal Control warden/director during Tuesday morning's meeting.

Friedman is currently working as a manager at One Tail at a Time, a non-profit, no-kill rescue shelter in Chicago, a position she has held since 2010, according to her resume.

She holds a master's degree in social work from Dominican University and a bachelor's degree in political science from Bradley University.

Before working at One Tail at a Time, Friedman said she worked for Anderson Rescue Shelter in South Elgin from 2007 to 2010 as director of volunteers and community outreach. Friedman has also worked part-time at the Anti-Cruelty Society in Chicago, she said.

Friedman told the board about her background, saying she originally was doing some social work in clinical therapy and then transitioned into animal assisted therapy before she made "the entire leap into animal welfare."

She also has grant writing experience. Friedman said she currently works for a foster-based organization so many of the grants she has obtained have gone toward providing veterinary care or supplies for the animals. She added that the group has also used the funds to promote adoption.

"Previously when I was at Anderson Animal Shelter I did some grant writing specifically for the humane education programming I was doing," she said.

Amy Cesich, chairman of the County Board's Animal Control Committee, said they voted unanimously to recommend Friedman. Additionally Dr. Gary Schlapp, the county's Animal Control administrator, also recommended Friedman.

Cesich said that she, county administrator Jeff Wilkins and Dr. Schlapp conducted interviews last month and Friedman was the most qualified candidate.

"When we interviewed Anna we were all really on the same page," Cesich said. "She truly answered all of the questions the best out of the five candidates that we interviewed."

Cesich had said previously that the annual salary range for the position of warden/director is $39,000 to $43,000.

Friedman, 34, currently lives in Elgin with her husband. She is set to begin her new position Aug. 11, Jeff Wilkins, the county's administrator, said.

Former warden Anna Payton announced her resignation in May after accepting a position at the Naperville Humane Society.

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