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Animal Control Officer

Elgin, Illinois



City of Elgin

150 Dexter Court

Elgin, IL 60120

Phone: 847-931-6049

Fax: 847-931-5906




Starting Salary: $51,126

Population: 110,000

Sworn Officers: 180

Application Deadline: 2/5/16






  • Perform the functions of a community service officer when needed.

  • Work closely with Kane and Cook County animal control.

  • Work closely with area veterinarians and/or animal hospitals which render aid for sick or injured animals.

  • Work closely with the designated animal facility for the city of Elgin.

  • Investigate cases involving animal neglect/cruelty and pursue criminal charges as necessary.

  • Re-unite lost or stray animals to their owners or to the designated animal facility.

  • Locate and capture loose dogs in the city of Elgin.

  • Responds to issues as requested by supervisors.

  • Issue citations to owners of animals for local ordinance violations.

  • Respond to citizen wildlife inquiries.

  • Identify most small wild animals and possess familiarization with their habits and cultures.

  • Prepare and conduct presentations regarding animal control and animal safety for the community.

  • Prepare the appropriate reports pertaining to call types and volume. Submit said reports to the appropriate supervisors(s).

  • Prepare annual budget reports for training and equipment.

  • Provide updates for the animal control website pages as needed.

  • Maintain a current listing of animal control contacts and equipment; and, ensure the repair/replacement of equipment.

  • Make recommendations to the department's animal control policy and the city's Emergency Operations Plan as it relates to animal control topics.

  • Train new officers and community service officers on topics related to animal control.

  • The animal control officer, although vested with police powers to enforce city code violations, shall not carry, nor be authorized to use a firearm. However, the use of the tranquilizer gun is authorized in animal control situations. 

  • This is medium work requiring the exertion of 80 pounds of force occasionally, up to 40 pound of force frequently, and up to 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

  • Work requires climbing, stooping, kneeling, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, and grasping.



  • High School Diploma or GED required; community service officer experience preferred.

  • Working knowledge of department rules, regulations and city ordinances involving animals.

  • Knowledgeable regarding hunting and trapping rules and regulations

  • Maintain a valid driver's license and possess the ability to drive a small truck.

  • Possess the skill for handling and caring for animals.

  • Ability to work without close supervision and make independent, sound decisions.

  • Ability to deal with the public in a courteous, tactful and impartial manner.

  • Ability to accurately record information and prepare documentation in a legible manner.

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective work relationships with supervisors and fellow employees.

  • Extensive and demonstrative knowledge of computer applications and ability to utilize law enforcement data systems.











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