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January 16, 2024 Update

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Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Office

Animal Control Officer Duties

Responds to calls regarding stray, abandoned, or vicious animals. Sets traps for wild or domestic animals roaming at large. Brings animals back to shelter and holds them until owners claim, animal is adopted, or animal must be euthanized.
Responds to calls regarding animals who have been injured. Determines whether to euthanize an animal based upon condition of injury.

Investigates cases of animal abuse. Works with various agencies/organizations to ensure human treatment and potential adoption of animals.

Investigates complaints regarding animals disturbing the public, biting persons, etc. Ensures animal is properly quarantined when rabies is a potential factor. Coordinates work with Health Department regarding rabies related cases.

Issues summons to animal owners when problems persist regarding animal abuse or disturbances. Testifies in court as necessary regarding summons served and animal control situations.

Educates citizens regarding animal control ordinances, humane treatment, and related issues when responding to calls to investigate strays, potential abuse, etc.

Completes necessary paperwork for animal control duties to include reports of calls received, actions taken, animals picked up, euthanized, etc.

Maintains cleanliness of animal shelter. 

Animal Control Officer Minimum Qualifications

Thank you for your interest in becoming an Animal Control Officer with the Isle of Wight County Sheriff's Office.  You will find that this Office is a state accredited law enforcement agency that values professionalism, integrity and diversity from its employees.  We have the occasion to hire certified Animal Control Officers as well as those that will require training to obtain such certification. The Sheriff’s Office is a Constitutional Office.  We maintain a Memorandum of Understanding with the County of Isle of Wight to provide excellent pay, benefits, and VRS retirement package.  This is an armed position that requires  certification with a handgun.

Animal Control Officer Application Process

All applicants shall complete the following documents:

Isle of Wight County Sheriff's Office Employment Application

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 the position

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

Salary Range 

​Kennel Assistant: $31,200 - $51,480

Animal Control Officer: $39,936 - $65,894

Shelter Manager: $39,936 - 65,894

Chief ​Animal Control Officer: $43,611 - 71,958

Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Office

Application Process

Step 1
Complete in entirety the application, the background investigation packet and the authorization for release of information form.  Applications can be hand delivered to the Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Office or sent by certified mail.

Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Office
17110 Monument Circle
PO Box 75
Isle of Wight, VA 23397

Step 2
Applications will be reviewed and checked for completeness.  Incomplete applications will not be considered and will be removed from the process.   The best qualified applicants will be selected for interviews.  If you are selected for an interview, you will be contacted and informed when to report for the interview.  If you are not selected for an interview, you will not be contacted and are no longer under consideration.  Applications will remain on file for 6 months for applicants that are not selected for interviews.

Step 3
Selected applicants will participate in a writing assessment followed by a panel interview.  The interview panel will consist of members of the Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Office.

Step 4
After the writing assessment and panel interview, a list is prepared of those applicants that will move to the background phase.  The background phase is extensive and can take several weeks and will include: a home visit, credit check, prior employment verification, driving history and criminal records check.

Step 5
After the background investigation is completed, the applicant will be contacted to schedule a polygraph examination.  After the polygraph the results will be evaluated, and a decision will be made if the applicant will continue to the next step in the process.

Step 6
The Sheriff will review the applicants that have successfully completed steps one through five.  After the review a conditional offer of employment may be given to the applicants.  

Step 7
Once the conditional offer is accepted by the applicant, a physical and drug screen will be scheduled.  If the physical and drug screen are not completed satisfactorily, the conditional job offer will be voided.

Step 8
The final step in the employment process will be a meeting/interview with the Sheriff to finalize the conditional job offer.  Applicants that complete this process will have the opportunity to begin a rewarding career with the Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Office.

*An applicant can be terminated at any stage during the process.

For recruitment questions please contact:
Lieutenant Ryan Acey
Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Office