Grand Traverse County plans to post two part-time positions for the Animal Control Division. The first will be an Animal Control Officer and the second will be a temporary Animal Control Specialist position. The temporary position is expected to be utilized during times of higher call-volume.
Jennifer DeHaan, Deputy County Administrator, says, “We expect that the positions will be able to provide services after-normal business hours, which historically had never been available and we see as a service enhancement. In the past, as you know, if the call was after 5PM, the caller would have to wait until the next day or multiple days if the call was on a weekend or Holiday for assistance.”
The positions will be funded through the current dog-license fees for 2016. They do not anticipate any increase to the 2016 fees, but as they evaluate the need for services going into 2017, they may request an increase to those fees for 2017.