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KENLY — Angela Perry has taken over the dual job of code enforcement officer and animal control officer for the town of Kenly, Town Manager Michael Douglas announced. Her first day on the job was July 1.
According to Douglas, Perry’s job will primarily involve enforcing the town’s code of ordinances in various civil-related matters like tall grass, junk vehicles stored in neighborhoods and properties that are not maintained in good repair.
Perry brings 16 years of experience to the Kenly job as she held the same position in Clayton from 2000-16. She left that job and went to the State Capitol Police in Raleigh, where she served as dispatcher for three years.
Originally from Clayton, Perry has lived in Princeton for the last 15 years.
Her father, Charles Lee, was a Clayton police officer who was killed in the line of duty when she was a baby. Her stepfather was also a Clayton police officer.
Perry said first on her list will be to get her bearings and learn her way around town.
“I look forward to meeting the business owners, too, because I will be working with them as well,” Perry said.
“Code enforcement involves staying on top of things and following up in areas where there have been concerns,” said Perry. “It is not always as easy as knocking on a door and sometimes involves tracking down family members.
“One of the best allies I can have is in this job is the citizens in the community calling to let me know of items that need to be addressed. I encourage residents to call me if they see something that might involve a violation. The term I like to use is ‘voluntary compliance.’”
Douglas said the hire will help improve town services.
“It is great to have Angela Bryant joining the town of Kenly as code enforcement officer,” said Douglas. “By calling on her many years of experience in the field, we should be able to see some major improvements in the town in the near future.”
Bryant’s annual salary will be $33,500.