By Jacob Mahaffey
There is a new Deputy Dog Warden in Holmes County.
Michael Dewitt began his career with the department last month. Dewitt, who is 24, grew up in Holmes County and graduated from West Holmes High School. Hence, he is no stranger to the roads of the community.
After graduation, he went to the University of Mount Union, majoring in Biology and minoring in both psychology and art. “Originally I wanted to get into the medical field,” Dewitt explained. “As I went through college I realized I wanted to get away from that.”
He was working in a lab in Ashland when he realized he wanted to find something a little closer to home. A short time later, he got a tip that the Holmes County Dog Warden’s office was looking for help. “My mom actually said that they were looking for a new deputy,” he said. “I kind of thought about it for a second and was like you know what, I think that would be kind of really cool. I could see myself doing that.”
While working with the dogs is a definite plus for the animal lover, the position also allows Dewitt to foster relationships within the community. “It brings me closer to the community and the people in general,” he explained. “I’m really excited to be helping the community and getting engaged with things within the community.”
Dewitt is a dog lover and currently showers his dog Migzy, a golden retriever with all the attention she can handle. “Taking care of dogs is kind of second nature for me,” he shared. And while Dewitt has always loved dogs, he also has a cat named Whizka.
Dewitt loves being able to work in his hometown. “I love the ruralness of it,” he said. “It’s pretty small so everyone knows what’s going on. All my family is here.”
In his spare time, Dewitt is an avid outdoorsman. He enjoys hiking, camping, boating, and swimming. He also enjoys sharing his artistic side with painting. When he is not doing those things he likes to spend time with his family.
“I look forward to meeting everyone,” Dewitt said of his outlook on his new position with Holmes County. “I would like to do the best I can to help people learn about the in’s and out’s of taking care of your dog.”
This story originally appeared in the August 22, 2018 edition of The Budget. For more news, pick up a copy of this week’s edition available Wednesdays at area retailers. Better yet, subscribe and the news will be delivered to you each week. For more information, call us at 330-852-4634.