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Default Fairfax County, VA - Animal Control Officer

A Professional Organization

The Fairfax County Police Department is the largest local law enforcement agency in Virginia, with more than 1200 sworn police officers and over 400 civilian personnel. The Animal Services Division, within the Police Department, is comprised of 23 Animal Control Officers, 4 Animal Control Supervisors, a Chief Animal Control Officer and a Police Captain.

The Animal Services Division's function is to promote the peaceful co-existence between animals and the citizens of Fairfax County. The Animal Services Division's primary duty is to regulate and protect animals through the enforcement of the Virginia State Comprehensive Animal Laws and County Ordinances.

About Fairfax County

Fairfax County occupies 395 square miles in the northeastern corner of Virginia. The Potomac River is part of the eastern boundary and the central part of the county is about ten miles west of Washington, D.C. Fairfax County is the most populous jurisdiction in Virginia, with more than 950,000 residents. The 1990 census showed approximately four million people living in the Washington metropolitan area.

Other Statistical Highlights:
Jobs within County: 375,000 (77 percent white collar) Businesses within County 20,000+ Industrial Firms: 2500+ High Technology Firms: 700+ Number of Dwelling Units: 320,000+ Median Household Income: $61,000 Percent High School Graduates: 91.6 Percent College Graduates: 51.3 Unemployment Rate: 2.1% Median Age: 33.1 years

Can You Become a Fairfax County Animal Control Officer?

To be considered for employment as an Animal Control Officer, applicants must be able to meet the following standards:

U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien with application for naturalization filed and pending with I.N.S.
Uncorrected vision not worse than 4.0 diopters (approx. 20/200), provided that there has been at least three (3) months of success wearing soft contact lenses. Without soft contact lenses, uncorrected vision cannot be worse than 20/100. Prior to receiving a medical classification, recipients of LASIK surgery and Radial Keratotomy ("RK") are subject to minimum waiting periods of 3 months and 6 months, respectively. All vision must be corrected to 20/20.
Be at least 21 years of age at date of appointment.
High school graduate or possess a valid G.E.D. certificate recognized by the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Possess or can acquire a valid Virginia Operator's License.
Illegal drug use will be reviewed with respect to recency, type of drug, and frequency of use.
Have never committed, been involved in or convicted of a felony. Misdemeanors scrutinized according to established criteria.
Be of good character and reputation.
Ability to perform essential job functions with or without a reasonable accommodation.
Stable work record.
A preferred but not required qualification is prior animal services experience and/or law enforcement experience.
Summary of Employee Benefits

An officer is eligible for retirement after 25 years of service; average final compensation is the average of your creditable compensation for the highest consecutive 36 months of service.

Annual Leave
Employees with less than three years of service earn 13 days of annual leave per year; between three and 15 years of service - 19 days per year; over 15 years of service - 26 days per year. Employees may accumulate up to 30 days of annual leave (up to 40 days after 10 years of service).

Paid Holidays
There are 11 ˝ paid holidays per year.

Sick Leave
Sick leave accrues at a rate of four hours per payroll period (13 days a year) and may accumulate without limit.

Health Insurance
Fairfax County employees have the option of enrolling in a variety of health plans that are available in either individual, two party, or full family coverage.

Fairfax County contributes 85 percent of the cost for individual coverage and 75 percent of the cost for two party and family coverage in these health plans. Individual and family dental coverage is also available at group rates. Salary insurance and universal life dependent care, hospital confinement, and medical spending, are other benefits offered to county employees. The cost of these plans is borne entirely by the employee.

Group Term Life Insurance
Employees eligible for benefits receive County-paid life insurance after six months of employment; this coverage is equal to their annual salary. Additional coverage of 1 or 4 times an employee's annual salary is available at age banded rates. Dependent coverage of $12,500 for a spouse/$6,250 for children or $6,250 for a spouce/$2,500 for children is available for an additional $2.50-$5.00 per month.

Deferred Compensation
You may contribute up to $14,000 per year. If you are over age 50, you may contribute an additional $4,000 (total $18,000) per year. Contributions must be earnings deducted from your paycheck.

Employees who have not contributed the maximum allowed by law may contribute additional funds if they have reached or are within four years of their normal retirement date. These catch-up provisions limit total contributions to $28,000 in 2005. The actual amount of additional contributions allowed is calculated by subtracting the total amount previosly deferred from the maximum amount allowed by law.

The dollar limits for contributions are increasing for 2006 as follows: Normal contribution: up to $15,000; including age 50 catch-up provision: up to $20,000; including catch-up within four years of retirement: $30,000.

The Department furnishes all uniforms and equipment.

Career Development
The Department's mentoring program addresses the needs and concerns of new employees and helps them to make a successful transition into their new work environment. The mentoring program supports new hires by encouraging each individual's successful completion of the Academy and continued growth in their careers after graduation.

Animal Control Officers I are eligible for promotion to Animal Control Officer II (ACOII) after two years of satisfactory service. Once promoted to ACOII they are responsible for training lower-level Animal Control Officers and working more complex investigations.

Promotion to Animal Control Officer III, a supervisory position, is accomplished through a competitive assessment process.

Promotion to Master Animal Control Officer is a competitive process open to Animal Control Officer II's with five years of satisfactory service.

Current Fairfax County Animal Control Officer Salary
(July 9, 2005)

There are 26 bi-weekly pay periods each year. The following pay scales are based on a 40-hour week and do not include overtime.

Animal Control Officer I - $37,218 - $60,624
Animal Control Officer II - $41,033 - $66,838
Animal Control Officer III - $47,500 - $77,374
Master Animal Control Officer - $47,500 - $77,374

Shift Differential Pay: .90 for evening shift

Animal Control Officer Application Process

The selection process used by the Fairfax County Police Department is thorough to ensure that only the best-qualified candidates are selected. The following are the components of the Animal Control Officer selection process that must be completed and passed by every applicant. The approximate amount of time required for each segment also is indicated.

Telephone Screening - 15 minutes
Oral Panel Interview - 1 hour
Physical Ability Test - 2 hours
Polygraph - 3 hours
Medical Exam - 4 hours
Background Interview - 4 hours
Psychological Evaluation - 8 hours
Background Investigation - 8-12 weeks
Ride Along - 8 hours minimum

How to Apply

If you know someone who has an interest in serving the community in the Animal Services Division of the Fairfax County Police Department, they can call 703-830-3681.

Animal Control Officer applicants must submit a resume using the Applicant Information Management System (AIMS) Human Resources - Fairfax County, Virginia

No paper applications will be accepted.
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