Carbon County will soon be in need of a new animal warden.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted to accept the retirement date of Bruce W. May of Jim Thorpe, the current county animal warden at the Animal Shelter in Nesquehoning. His retirement becomes effective on Sept. 30.

The commissioners also voted to advertise the position, which has an hourly salary rate of $11.46 per hour, set by the county salary board yesterday. The new salary rate becomes effective Oct. 1.

May has been employed by Carbon County since July 1, 1979, when he began working under the Manpower program.

He was then named the dog enforcement officer on April 5, 1980 and has worked in that position, whose name changed to K-9 officer and then animal warden, ever since.

In other matters, the commissioners ratified a declaration of disaster emergency in Carbon due to Hurricane Irene.

Commissioner Wayne Nothstein said that no determination on the amount of damage that occurred throughout the county has been totaled yet.

The county also approved a Workforce Investment Area financial agreement with Monroe County.

The agreement shall run until June 30, 2012 and will cover employment and training and related administrative services. Carbon County is the administrative entity.

The maximum payment shall not exceed $1,367,761.