This is an appointed (at-will) position under the administration of the Davis County Commission. Under broad policy guidance and direction from the Davis County Commission, performs professional administrative and supervisory duties in directing a County wide Animal Care and Control Program.
Supervises the animal care and control staff; hires employees in compliance with the Davis County Merit System Ordinance and applicable employment laws. Ensures proper training of employees; assigns and monitors work; evaluates performance in compliance with Davis County Personnel Policies and Procedures; disciplines personnel as required and in compliance with policies, procedures and practices.
Prepares and administers department budget; forecasts the funding needs for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies; monitors, approves and controls expenditures; implements budget adjustments as necessary. Directs, coordinates, and supervises all administrative functions for the animal registration program and shelter activities. Ensures proper shelter reports and animal accountability are completed by staff; ensures billings for animal services are prepared and sent out. Ensures shelter monies are accounted for and handled properly. Responsible for the day-to-day operation, care and control of the shelter including cleaning kennels, euthanizing animals, office functions, citizen assistance, adoptions and animal licensing. Administers animal euthanasia injections.Directs, coordinates, and supervises all administrative functions for field service operations; oversees Animal Control Officers’ reports and citations.Responds to and resolves difficult and sensitive citizen inquiries and complaints; investigates reports or complaints of dogs, cats or other animals creating nuisances or endangerment and take appropriate action; investigates reports of animal abuse.Develops department unifying principles, goals, objectives, policies/procedures, programs and priorities; reports and evaluates program effectiveness; monitors and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; meets with staff to identify and resolve problems.Implements, interprets and enforces animal laws, statutes, and ordinances; recommends changes in local animal ordinances to provide for proper care and handling of animals; may introduce and lobby for animal care and control legislation.Represents the department at various community and civic meetings and functions; develops education and public relation programs concerning animal cruelty and owner responsibility; develops and maintains cooperation between public, civic, professional, and community groups. Intervenes in conflict resolutions between community members and animal owners; responds to and resolves crisis situations.Coordinates cases with attorneys and courts as needed; writes requests for search warrants and summons; prepares for and testifies in court on applicable cases.Purchases and maintains supplies, food, and equipment; purchases controlled substances and maintains accurate inventory of the same; ensures drugs administered are recorded and stored in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. Ensures building facilities and grounds are properly maintained. Ensures proper use and accountability for the care, condition, and use of department facility, materials, equipment/tools, and funds. Prepares and presents reports, contracts, proposals and other correspondence. Ensures proper use, repair and maintenance on all department vehicles. Operates a motor vehicle in a safe manner and in compliance with all Utah laws and regulations.Performs related duties as assigned.
Graduation from a college or university with a Bachelor's degree in Business Management, Public Administration, Zoology or a closely related field plus five (5) years of related experience, at least three (3) of which must have been in an administrative/supervisory capacity; or an acceptable combination of education and experience. Preference for experience in animal services or law enforcement and/or preference for experience in a "no-kill" facility.