Salary Range $41-628 - $66,605

Application Process

All applicants shall complete the following documents:

Sheriff's Office Application

Background Investigation

Authorization for Release of Information form

All applications must be accompanied by legible copies (no originals) of the following documents:

  • High school diploma, transcript bearing graduation date, or GED certificate
  • Birth certificate
  • Social Security card
  • Valid driver's license (must possess a valid VA driver’s license before being hired)
  • DD214 with separation information (for those with military experience) 
  • College transcript if applicable
  • Any certifications that are applicable to Law enforcement or Animal Control.

All completed employment packets can be hand delivered to the Sheriff's Office or mailed to:

Isle of Wight County Sheriff's Office

Attn: Employment Processing

PO Box 75 

Isle of Wight, Virginia 23397

Application Acceptance May 17 -  May 26

Chief of Animal Services / Chief Animal Control Officer

Performs duties to support the control of domestic animals throughout the county by enforcing animal laws.

Employee is subject to the normal hazards associated with law enforcement work.  Works wherever needed, both indoors and outdoors; is exposed to a variety of hot and cold temperatures and may be, at times, exposed to hazardous incidents, and other dangerous situations; may be required to walk, run, climb, crawl, bend, pull, push, or lift and balance on less than ideal terrain; is exposed to wide variety of noise levels, which at times can be quite high; training is carried 
out at both indoor and outdoor training locations.  Incumbents are subject to working evenings and being on an on-call status at times.

Supervises Animal Services Division staff. This position functions as a "lead worker" in Animal Services, assigning, instructing and checking the work of other employees. Majority of the time is spent performing same work duties as the other members of the group.

  • Collects kennel fees, keeps records of meetings, maintains inventory and certification records, and attends training on animal laws.
  • Oversees the operation and maintenance of the animal shelter.
  • Enforces animal laws through investigations, trapping, receiving complaints, picking up stray animals, testifying in court, and writing summons.
  • Trains new employees on laws, equipment use, county policies, investigations, record keeping, safety, and certifications.
  • Maintains knowledge of equipment use including animal traps, catch poles, radios, safety equipment, and standard office equipment.
  • Functions as standby for emergency calls from dispatchers, completes paperwork for shelter animals.
  • Fills-in for animal shelter personnel on leave as needed.


  • Some knowledge of the geography and layout of the County.
  • Some knowledge of civil and criminal statues on which charges and arrest are based.
  • Knowledge of shelter operations and procedures
  • Ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions, and to write clear, comprehensive reports.
  • Ability to handle sensitive public contacts, and the ability to deal with the public tactfully and courteously, but firmly when necessary.
  • Ability to analyze situations and to adopt quick, effective, and reasonable courses of action based on surrounding hazards and circumstances.
  • Ability to operate a motor vehicle.

Must successfully complete all the training standards for a Virginia Animal Control Officer through an accredited academy within 1 year of employment.  Must possess a valid driver’s license issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Required to qualify annually on Sheriff’s Office Firearms Qualification Course.