This is an exceptional opportunity to manage the Animal Welfare and Enforcement Section of the Gwinnett County, Georgia, Police Services Department. Gwinnett County is a County of 805,000 residents located in the Greater Atlanta Metropolitan Area.  The County has experienced tremendous growth and development over the past two decades that has made it one of the fastest growing counties in the U. S. 

The Animal Welfare and Enforcement Section is located in a modern, state-of-the-art animal welfare operations facility that is the envy of other communities in Georgia. It also has a staff of 34 employees and operates a progressive array of programs. In 2011, the facility housed 8,287 animals.

The Animal Welfare and Enforcement Manager is responsible for managing, overseeing, planning, and evaluating the operations of the Animal Welfare and Enforcement Section of the County Police Services Department. The position reports to the Assistant Chief of the Support Operations Division for the Gwinnett County Police Department.

The minimum job requirements are a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Veterinary Medicine, or a closely related field; five years of progressively responsible supervisory experience in an animal welfare environment including some specialized or technical training in animal welfare, animal control operations and management and/or law enforcement; or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job.

Gwinnett County has been one of America’s fastest-growing counties for the past 20 years. Gwinnett is considered part of the metropolitan Atlanta area and is located 30 miles northeast of Atlanta, Georgia.

The County has 805,000 residents, is home to more than a dozen cities, covers 437 square miles, and includes an award-winning parks system, excellent schools and a thriving business community.

The governing body of Gwinnett County is a five-member Board of County Commissioners elected by County voters. The 2012 County budget is $1.3 billion and there are 4,803 County employees under the control of the Board.  The County provides high quality essential services to County residents.

The Gwinnett County Police Department is a nationally accredited police agency and currently has an authorized strength of 759 sworn officers supported by 310 civilian employees with the responsibility of providing law enforcement services to County residents. The Department is organized into five divisions; Administrative Services, Criminal Investigations, Uniform, Support Operations, and Personnel Services.

The starting salary for the Animal Welfare and Enforcement Section Manager will be in the range of $64,130 to $75,000 annually. 

In addition, Gwinnett County offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes health benefits, life insurance, disability insurance, retirement and savings plans, paid holidays, annual leave and sick leave.

Position open until filled. First review of cover letters and resumes to occur on November 19, 2012.

Background checks will be conducted on finalist candidates by The Mercer Group and by the Gwinnett County Police Department. Finalist candidates will also be required to complete an on-line County Employment Application.

For additional information on this exceptional opportunity, please contact James L. Mercer, President/CEO, The Mercer Group, Inc. at 770-551-0403;

Confidential cover letter with salary history and resumes should be sent to James L. Mercer, President/CEO, The Mercer Group, Inc., 5579B Chamblee Dunwoody Road, #511, Atlanta, GA 30338. Voice: 770-551-0403; Fax: 770-399-9749. E-Mail:; Website:

EOEIt is the policy of Gwinnett County to provide equal employment opportunities with regard to all terms and conditions of employment and to base employment decisions on job related qualifications of the applicant or the employee.


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