City of Sacramento
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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


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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!


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.