Chief Animal Control Officer

  • City of Sacramento
  • Sacramento, California
  • Sep 22, 2023
Full Time Administration and Management Animal Control or Services Agriculture / Farm / Ranch Related Fundraising or Grants Administration Executive, Management, Mid to Senior Level
  • Apply By: Dec 21, 2023

Job Description

Chief Animal Control Officer

Community Development Department – Animal Care Services Division

City of Sacramento, California

Annual Salary: $97,087.91 – $127,387.75 DOE/DOQ


The City of Sacramento seeks a Chief Animal Control Officer (Chief) to lead the Field Services and Homeless Outreach Assistance Programs within the Animal Care Services Division of the Community Development Department. The Chief will have extensive knowledge and experience in the enforcement of codes, ordinances, and laws (including animal, civil, and/or criminal law). They will also oversee other professionals and design and implement progressive community enforcement programs that consider the well-being of citizens, animals, and pet owners. This Chief will oversee 19 full-time dedicated employees and a budget of approximately $1.8 million. They will also have oversight of all animal control activities, including supervising and managing the success of animal control officers, collaborating with other enforcement agencies, enforcing animal ordinances, and contributing to the safety and well-being of animals by leading community outreach programs. Through their enforcement efforts, they will also strive to provide resources, guidance, and support to pet owners, connecting them with animal care and human services. The City of Sacramento is a model for progressive animal sheltering and field services, and this Division prioritizes keeping pets in the care of their owners whenever possible. If you are excited to contribute your experience and provide this important service to the City of Sacramento, apply today!

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The Chief Animal Control Officer (Chief) will report to the Animal Care Services Manager (Manager). The Chief has oversight of both the Field Services and Homeless Outreach Assistance Program, supervising a total of 19 dedicated employees. The Chief will serve in collaboration with the Manager to be a primary voice of the organization as a liaison between the City and outside agencies. The Chief will represent the Division at City Council meetings, with community organizations, and on related committees for animal control matters. In this role, the Chief will directly engage with elected officials and other community leaders.


While the Chief will have a regular Monday-Friday schedule, executive staff also take emergency on-call shifts on a rotating schedule. This position consists of 80% administrative work and 20% (or less) fieldwork. During their time in the field, the Chief will provide critical support to staff as they investigate reports. The primary duty of the Chief is to ensure the big-picture operational success of the Division and its programs, with most of their time spent training and supporting staff as well as establishing program goals and objectives.


The ideal candidate will be a self-directed and decisive leader with experience in municipal, state, and federal animal-related codes and laws, who is excited to embrace the Division’s mission of strengthening the human-animal bond and taking an education-first approach to animal services. The ideal Chief will also have expertise in developing or improving staff training programs. They will approach their role with an emphasis on diversity, equity, and inclusion and be an encouraging leader who empowers their team while providing strong leadership. The ideal Chief will also be progressive in their approach to enforcement, ensuring the community is served effectively and with compassion.


Applicants must meet the following requirements at the time of application:

  • Education: Associate’s degree or 60 semester units from an accredited college or university with major course work in animal science, veterinary science, business administration, public administration, administration of justice, or related field.
  • Experience: Four (4) years paid full-time experience in the administration and operation of an animal care, enforcement, or control operation; including supervising, training, and reviewing the work of staff reports.
  • Driver’s License: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver’s License at the time of appointment.


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in animal science, veterinary science, business administration, public administration, administration of justice, or related field may substitute for two (2) years of the required experience.



  • Certification: Possession of State of California Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Penal Code832 (Arrest, Search and Seizure) Certificate is desirable.


Chosen candidate must pass a background investigation, which includes a criminal history check for job-related convictions, finger printing, drug use history, and polygraph.


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An annual salary of $97,087.91 – $127,387.75  DOE/DOQ, plus a generous benefits package (see further details here. Labor agreement falls under Unit 01.)


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Interviews will take place as qualified candidates are identified.

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