Animal Control Sergeant

King County   Kent, WA   Full-time     Law Enforcement / Security
Posted on September 1, 2021
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Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC) has an exciting opportunity for an Animal Control Sergeant! We are looking for someone who takes great interest in the health and wellbeing of animals and is interested in leading a team dedicated to maintaining and operating at the highest level of quality and standards for animal control operations. The Animal Control Sergeant will report to the Animal Control Sergeant Lead.



RASKC provides animal services to 24 cities and unincorporated King County, this includes: rescuing stray, injured, neglected or abused pets; reuniting orphaned pets with families and/or helping them find forever homes through RASKC's pet adoption centers in Kent and Kirkland, including several other partner locations; providing pet licensing services; a wide array of volunteering opportunities and much more. King County is a national leader in improving animal outcomes as a municipal shelter, using data and model practices to achieve 90% or above live release rate.



To be considered for this opportunity, you must at a minimum demonstrate skill and ability to: 

  • Supervise a team of Animal Control Officers;
  • Mediate and resolve complaints from citizens;
  • Work collaboratively as a member of multi-disciplinary teams in responding to emergencies;
  • Coordinate and respond to high-profile, complex complaints concerning impounds, policies, procedures, local ordinances and laws of Washington State and King County;
  • Conduct investigations including those involving animal cruelty and requiring preparation and execution of search warrants;
  • Present civil cases before Hearing Examiner and testify in court as needed;
  • Prepare affidavits and present to court for approval;
  • Provide accurate reports in a timely manner;
  • Perform as an Animal Control Officer or as an Animal Shelter Administrator as needed

Union Representation: This position is represented by Animal Control Officer Guild (ACOG).


Position is open to all applicants. Vacancies that occur in the next 12 months can be filled with this recruitment

  • Are great people leaders who can demonstrate they have the experience to direct, work, coach and supervise a diverse staff
  • Understands state laws, codes, ordinances, rules, and regulations governing the control, protection, and licensing, impound, release and euthanasia of animals;
  • Can provide general care, nutrition, and control handling, of a variety of animal breeds and species;
  • Exercises safety principles, practices and procedures associated with animal handling and restraint of a variety of animals, including those, which may be ill, injured, quarantined, aggressive or difficult to control;
  • Has knowledge of domestic animal diseases and disease control;
  • Works effectively under pressure and react quickly and effectively in emergency situations;
  • Communicates well with staff, volunteers, the public and partner agencies;
  • Are proficient in using computers, email, and office software in daily work (The County uses Microsoft Office including Outlook, Teams, Word) 


  • Must pass a pre-employment physical including the ability to perform moderate to difficult strenuous manual tasks including lifting animals weighing up to sixty (60) pounds on a frequent basis.
  • Must be able to pass a background check.
  • Have or be able to obtain a Euthanasia Drug Certification.
  • Have or are able to obtain a valid Washington State Driver’s License at the time of hire, with no moving violations within the past year.
  • Must be able to work mandatory overtime, evenings, and holidays including on-call availability.


  • Competitive medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 10 paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Wellness programs
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Employee giving program
  • And more! See the Benefits section of the job posting to see what else King County offers.

As the only jurisdiction in the world named after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the most influential civil rights leaders in our nation's history, King County is a vibrant international community with residents that represent countries from around the world. It is a region with increasing diversity that cherishes the traditions of many cultures.

We have a deep commitment to equity and social justice and advancing practices, strategies, and policies that promote fairness, justice, and opportunity for all – in our workplaces and our communities. With this commitment, King County has adopted a pro-equity agenda to advance regional change.

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A completed King County Application is required. We highly recommend that you also provide a cover letter addressing why you want to work for RASKC and what it means to you to serve King County residents.

If you have any questions, please contact Denise LinTalent Advisor, by e-mail at or by phone at 206-477-6445.

Supplemental Information

Forbes recently named King County as one of Washington State's best employers. 

Together, with leadership and our employees, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. Are you ready to make a difference? Come join the team dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play. 

Guided by our "True North", we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles--we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.

Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement

As of October 18, 2021, most* King County employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If hired, you will be required to submit proof of vaccination by October 18th. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine. Employees may make requests for a reasonable accommodation based on a medical disability or for sincerely held religious beliefs. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.

This directive applies to employees in the Executive branch*, the Assessor's Office, Elections, the King County Sheriff's Office, and the Executive Office.

King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer
No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.

To Apply
If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions please contact your recruiter listed on this job announcement.

King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being.  Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 10 paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page.

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy.  If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails.  Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.
NOTE:  Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position. Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.
For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.

Are you applying to this position as an eligible Current or Previous King County Employee Priority Placement Program Participant AND Is this position the same or lower percentage of full-time when compared to the position held at the point of the notification of layoff AND Do you possess the skills and abilities to qualify for this position?
  • Yes, I was given a layoff notice from my role at King County AND I am within two years of the effective date of my layoff. AND The position I was laid off from was the same or a higher percentage of FT status when compared to this one.
  • No.
If you answered yes to the question above and you are applying for this position as a Priority Placement Participant, to be considered, you must provide the following three pieces of information in the space provided: 1. The title you held when you received your layoff notice 2. The department you worked in 3. The effective date of your layoff

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