Perry County Sheriff's Office

Serving Perry County Towns of Pinckneyville, DuQuoin, Cutler, Willisville, Tamaroa

Animal Control Officer

The Perry County Animal Control Office is hiring for the position of Animal Control Officer.  Applicants must be able to complete required training in Animal Control and legal studies.  Applicant must be of good moral character, and have a desire to work with the public. Applications will be taken thru June 23rd.  Application process includes written and physical test, back ground check, employment, social study, and financial history.  Applications and job description are available online at  For more information you may contact Sheriff Steve Bareis at 618-357-5212.


DESCRIPTION:  Enforce local and state laws concerning the care and treatment of animals. They patrol public areas looking for potential signs of distressed animals and work directly with citizens concerning animal control issues. Officers may educate the public about animal control safety. This is an entry-level position.  Education requires a high school diploma at the minimum, additional education and training will be required.  Applicant with additional certification or undergraduate degree in field will be given precedent.

Starting pay is $12.50 hour.  If applicant has education:  an undergraduate degree or certificate related to animal sciences, veterinary sciences, or law enforcement. Related post-secondary coursework includes animal behavior, animal care and management, animal nutrition, and/or community policing, then a $2000 yearly stipend will be included.

Applicants must be able to pass drug test, background check, social, and financial history. 


  • Obeys all lawful orders, regardless assignment.
  • Reports for duty at specified times and places 
  • Develops and maintains a working knowledge of appropriate federal, state, and local laws
  • Maintains a working knowledge of department policies and procedures, rules and regulations, and reference materials
  • Prepares and submits required reports and forms promptly and properly.
  • Reviews and remains current on daily activity as required.
  • Attends training courses to increase and enhance professional knowledge and skills.
  • Maintains radio discipline by using proper radio procedures and promptly responds to all radio calls.
  • Exchanges information and coordinates activities with other officers, town or village employees, and other agencies.
  • Issue Criminal complaints to offenders
  • Coordinates with the State’s Attorney’s Office in prosecution of criminal offenses. 
  • Prepares affidavits and reports
  • Maintains departmental equipment, supplies, and facilities.


  • Understands local ordinances, state, and federal laws, and their application
  • Exercises sound judgment in evaluating situations and in decision making.
  • Possesses working knowledge of street locations, geography, and town/village demographics.
  • Possesses basic computer skills and uses basic software programs.
  • Exhibits motivation and self control
  • Establishes and maintains effective work relationships.
  • Works independently without constant supervision. 
  • Communicates effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Knows, understands, and supports department rules and regulations.
  • Possesses problem solving skills
  • Works with supervisors in developing programs and procedures in response to community needs.
  • Demonstrates the ability to develop community contacts and interact with citizens and members of the business and law enforcement community.
  • Drives motorized vehicles safely and efficiently.
  • Maintains physical requirements and high standards of appearance.
  • Uses department technology to gather, use, and store information.
  • Follows verbal and written instructions.


Computer, including word processing and specialized software, police radios, telephone, calculator, fax machine, copy machine, motor vehicles including  pick-up trucks, pager, first aid equipment, chemical sprays, cameras, video equipment, and tranquilizer gun.


The physical demands herein are representative of those that should be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

General Description:   While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to sit, talk, hear, smell, stand, run, and walk.  The employee will use hands to handle or operate objects, tools, and controls; will reach with arms and hands.  The employee may occasionally drag or lift up to 50 pounds.

Specific vision abilities required for this position include close and distance visual acuity, color vision, peripheral vision, binocular vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.



  • Must be at least 21 years old at time of employment testing.
  • U.S. citizen.
  • No prior felony convictions or disqualifying criminal history.
  • Must be able to read and write the English language.
  • Must be able to communicate clearly both verbally and in writing.
  • Must have, or be able to obtain, a valid Illinois Driver’s License.

Education and Experience

  • High School diploma or G.E.D. equivalent.
  • Satisfactory completion of field training program within the first three months of employment.

The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

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