Cobb County Animal Control was established in 1971. As part of Cobb's Department of Public Safety, we serve all of the county, protecting the residents and animals of Cobb.

The mission of the Cobb County Animal Control Unit is to enforce state laws and county ordinances pertaining to animal control and management; educate the community on responsible pet ownership and wildlife care and provide housing and care for homeless animals, while coordinating their adoptions when possible and humane euthanization when adoptions are not possible.

Apply for Animal Control Officer I

To apply for the Animal Control Officer I position, you must complete the following steps:

  1. Apply for the Animal Control Officer I position by clicking HERE
    Click on Animal Control Officer I, then Apply for this Job.  A new account must be created in order to apply.  Applications will be accepted December 1 - 31, 2017.
  2. Applicants will be screened, and those who meet minimum qualifications will receive an e-mail from Cobb County Internal Affairs within two weeks of the date the application was submitted.  The following information will be attached to the e-mail for you to review and complete.
  3. Applicants must complete the Candidate Information Packet & Release Forms and return them on January 20, 2018 when attending the scheduled Physical Agility Test.
  4. Applicants will be notified by e-mail if they are selected to continue to the next steps of the process.

Please note that all documents must be filled out completely, notarized and signed in the appropriate places.

While the department will attempt to consider individual circumstances during the hiring process, dishonesty will result in immediate disqualification.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

Minimum age of 18 years

High school diploma or GED

No felony convictions

Valid driver's license

Good credit and employment records

Honorable discharge, where applicable


Salary - Animal Control Officer I    $32,014 - $51,224

Education Incentive Pay:
          $1,000 Associates Degree
          $2,000 Bachelors Degree
          $3,000 Masters Degree


Employer Sponsored Benefits: Health - Dental - Life - Long Term Disability

Retirement Benefits:  County Pension Plan - Deferred Compensation - Roth IRA

Free Wellness Clinic - A free health clinic is available for all full time Cobb County Employees and their insured dependents with one of the County's health plans. The clinic offers sick and well checks and many prescription medications at no cost to the employee.

Uniforms and Equipment - All uniforms and job related equipment are provided by the Cobb County Animal Control at no cost to you.

Tuition Assistance- Tuition assistance is available for you while you complete a college degree or certification. Reimbursable amounts are dependent upon available funding and will be proportionately distributed to all pre-approved applicants on a quarterly basis.

Fitness Centers - Fitness centers with both strength and aerobic training equipment are located at the Department of Public Safety Training Center and Powder Springs Station.

Paid Vacation Leave -
Employees will accrue:
          13 days per year after completion of 1 year of service
          15 days per year after completion of 5 years of service
          20 days per year after completion of 10 years of service
          22 days per year after completion of 15 years of service
          25 days per year after completion of 20 years of service

Holidays - 10 paid holidays per year

Paid Sick Leave - Accumulates at 4 hours per biweekly

Paid Military Leave - up to 18 days per year

Hiring Process

The hiring process for the Cobb County Animal Control generally takes between 2 to 6 months and includes the following steps:

  • On-line application
  • Physical Abilities Test
  • Interview with background investigator
  • Comprehensive background investigation to include, but not limited to:
    • Psychological examination
    • Polygraph examination
    • Check of criminal history and driver's history
    • Credit check
    • Employment history
    • References check
  • Medical examination with drug screen
  • Oral Interview with Animal Control Commander

While the department will attempt to consider individual circumstances during the hiring process, dishonesty will result in immediate disqualification.



On the job training includes:

  • Kennel: Training along side a senior officer/Field Training Officer (FTO) in all kennel operation policies & procedures
  • Road: Training along side a FTO in all road service polices & procedures.

Advanced Training

Opportunities include:

  • National Animal Care & Control Association (NACA)
  • Southeastern Animal Control Association (SACA)
  • Georgia Animal Control Association (GACA)

Also available: Various conferences and symposiums with local, state, federal, non-profit & private organizations.

Specialized Fields & Promotion Opportunities

Cobb County Animal Control has several specialized fields and promotional opportunities to include:

  • ACOI / ACOII Kennel Officer
  • ACOI / ACOII Road Officer
  • Animal Control Technician
  • Kennel Services Supervisor
  • Road Services Supervisor
  • Kennel Services Manager
  • Field Services Manager
  • Veterinarian
  • Veterinary Technician
  • Animal Cruelty Investigator (CCPD)