In a letter sent to the shelter earlier this year the Friends of the Animal Shelter of Saginaw County said, "our board of directors met a week ago and voted to pare down, step back, and reassess our role at the County owned facility."
Now, Wilken has been removed by the sheriff's department and the reason is unknown.
The details of the Saginaw County Animal Control director??s absence are unclear. Saginaw County Controller Robert Bellman says the board does not comment on personnel issues; however, he does clarify, ??Wilken is on paid administrative leave. He is not on a suspension and he is not terminated,?? said Bellman.
In August Wilken replaced Valerie McCullough who resigned in August 2012 while facing controversy over policy decisions and general conditions of the center.
Since taking over Wilken has set new standards for adoptions and has been involved in implementing new policies for dangerous dogs.
He even went so far as spending a day in a cage to demonstrate his dedication to getting pets a good home.
However, Wilken has come under fire for the misappropriation of funds and the county's decision to euthanize animals that are deemed dangerous.
Wilken was unavailable for comment. An animal control employee tells NBC25, a senior animal control officer is currently serving as interim director.
NBC 25 is waiting on the processing of a Freedom of Information Act with the Saginaw County Commissioners. The next County Commissioners executive meeting is December 10th.