Wilmington Animal Control Officer Ellen Sawyer Abruptly Retires After Nearly 30 Years

WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington’s longtime Animal Control Officer and Animal Inspector Ellen Sawyer has retired after serving the town since March of 1986.  Sawyer submitted her notice of retirement last week and retired on Friday, October 23.

Wilmington Town Manager Jeff Hull made the announcement at Monday’s Board of Selectmen Meeting.

“We are, in the interim, going to be working with the Town of Billerica,” said Hull. “Police Chief Mike Begonis has been in touch with the Chief in Billerica to establish some temporary arrangement while we decide upon a more permanent solution.”

Hull stressed that residents should continue to call the Central Dispatch non-emergency number at 978-658-5071 to report stray dogs, lost dogs, or other matters related to dogs. Contact will then be made with the Town of Billerica’s Animal Control Officer, who will be dispatched to respond.

Billerica’s Animal Control Officer, on a temporary basis, will also serve as Wilmington’s inspector of animals for the purpose of conducting barn inspections and any necessary quarantining.

In a memo distributed to the Board of Selectmen, Hull noted that “while the abrupt notice proves a bit challenging, the vacancy provides an opportunity to re-assess the best approach to provide animal control services.”  Hull also noted a desire to provide permanent animal control services as soon as possible.

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