Chief Animal Control Officer

  • City of Sacramento, CA
  • Sacramento, California
  • Dec 17, 2023
Full Time Administration and Management Animal Control or Services
  • Salary: $101,942.30 - $133,757.14 Annually USD Annually
  • Salary Top: 133757 USD Annually

Job Description


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.

The Chief Animal Control Officer plans, directs, organizes, coordinates, and evaluates animal control activities including the enforcement of laws related to animal protection and the sheltering of animals; develops and implements animal control programs and field enforcement policies; assists with the coordination of division activities with other City departments and outside agencies.


This single-position exempt management level classification assists with the administration of the division, provides technical assistance to subordinate staff, and oversees and coordinates investigations. This classification is distinguished from Animal Care Services Manager in that the latter is at the division manager level and is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day activities of the Animal Care Services Division.


Limited direction is provided by the Animal Care Services Manager. Responsibilities include the direct and indirect supervision of animal control personnel.


Depending upon the assignments, duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Establishes, implements, and reviews goals and objectives for operational staff; identifies resource needs; develops animal control policies and procedures required to meet the mission and vision of the division; may serve as Animal Care Services Manager in their absence.
  • Supervises, trains, and evaluates assigned personnel; provides advice and assistance to staff; ensures adequate coverage of operations.
  • Receives and responds to citizen and elected official complaints and inquiries.
  • Oversees and coordinates criminal investigations related to animal control and animal welfare issues.
  • Researches and analyzes legislature related to animal protection and the sheltering of animals; evaluates impact to division operations and implements changes to policy, procedure and practice; maintains a current understanding and knowledge of issues concerning animal control and the sheltering of animals.
  • Oversees and coordinates enforcement activities related to animal control and animal welfare issues.
  • Acts as liaison between division and other City departments and outside agencies; represents the division at city council meetings, community organizations, and related committees for animal control matters.
  • Assists with the development and monitoring of divisional budget; reviews and authorizes requests for the purchase of new equipment and supplies.
  • Performs other or related duties as assigned.


Knowledge of:
  • Current methods, procedures, equipment, and technology for effective animal control management.
  • Various local, state, and federal laws and regulations relating to animal control and the sheltering of animals.
  • Investigative and documentation techniques including collecting and cataloging evidence.
  • Recent developments, current literature, and sources of information regarding animal control operations.
  • Principles of administration, personnel management, and budgeting.
  • Principles and practices of legislative analysis and report writing.
  • Various methods, procedures, equipment, technology and software related to animal control and the sheltering of animals.

Skill in:
  • Public speaking.
  • Document preparation; report writing.
  • Use of modern office equipment including computers, computer applications and software.
  • Use of standard animal control equipment and vehicles.

Ability to:
  • Plan, organize, coordinate, and supervise the operational functions of the division.
  • Train and evaluate subordinates.
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Analyze and enforce local, state and federal laws related to animal control and the sheltering of animals.
  • Develop, implement, and oversee animal related programs.



Four years of 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 subordinate staff.



An Associate's degree or 60 semester units from an accredited college or university with major course work in animal science, business administration, public administration, veterinary science, administration of justice or related field.


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


Proof of education such as, but not limited to, university/college transcripts and degrees should be submitted with your application and will be required at the time of appointment . Unofficial documents and/or copies are acceptable.

An applicant with a college degree obtained outside the United States must have education records evaluated by a credentials evaluation service. Evaluation of education records will be due at time of appointment.


Driver License:

Possession of a valid California Class C Driver License at the time of appointment. Loss of the Class C License is cause for discipline. Individuals who do not meet this requirement due to a physical disability will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.


Possession of State of California Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Penal Code 832 (Arrest, Search and Seizure) Certificate is desirable.


Must pass a background investigation, which includes a criminal history check for job related convictions, fingerprinting, drug use history, and polygraph.

Please Note: a candidate must successfully pass a thorough background investigation, including a criminal history check for job-related convictions, fingerprinting, polygraph test, and a drug use history to be considered for this position.

Felony Convictions:

Free of felony convictions under California Penal Code Sections 29900 and 29905.

Medical and Drug Test:

Must pass a medical and drug test.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

The conditions herin are typically required of an incumbent to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accomodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Work Conditions: must perform shift work as assigned, including days/evenings, weekends, and holidays.

Environmental Conditions: work is performed primarily in a standard office setting, but could include exposure to various types of weather and unsanitary conditions, work around dead people, human excrement, animal fur, dander, disorganized and/or substandard houses; infectious, emotionally distressed and confrontational people and aggressive animals, chemical used to perform euthanasia and people who may be under influence of drugs and/or alcohol. Must be willing to obtain a pre-exposure rabies vaccination, and when medically required, revaccination shots.

Physical Conditons: must be able to occasionally lift, carry, restrain, and capture animals between 60-70 pounds; walk, run, stand, or climb on slipper, even or uneven, and paved or unpaved surfaces as well as bend, stip, squat, and crawl in small, low and/or confined areas.


HOW TO APPLY: For first consideration, Apply ASAP at
Interviews will take place as qualified candidates are identified.

Please contact Human Resources Manager, Ebony Heaven, for more information:
  • Office: (916) 808-7984

Bilingual Pay
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Pension Reform Act
The City of Sacramento is covered by the California Public Employees' Retirement System, and as such, must adhere to the California Public Employee's Pension Reform Act (PEPRA) of 2013. Please note that the provisions within this act may affect or impact an applicant's eligibility and/or selection for open vacancies at the City of Sacramento.

Equal Opportunity Employer
The City of Sacramento is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

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Closing Date/Time: Continuous

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