Grand Traverse County Hires Animal Control Officer

photo credit: Deb Zerafa FB page

photo credit: Deb Zerafa FB page

Grand Traverse County has announced a new hire to the Health Department Team. Deb Zerafa will be their new Animal Control Officer. Deb earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Madonna University with a major in Pre-Law and a minor in Physical Education. She also has a Certified Legal Assistant Degree through the American Bar Association.

Over the past 20 years, Deb has worked as a Legal Assistant/Office manager at Zerafa Law Office in Elk Rapids, MI. Deb received her approval from the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (MDARD) in September of this year, certifying that she met the 100 instructional hours as required under the Dog Law, Act 339 of 1919 to become an Animal Control Officer.

Her employment background also includes working as a Veterinarian Assistant, a Junior High & High School Track & Field Coach, substitute teaching in the TCAPS and Elk Rapids school systems, and the TC Central High School Equestrian Team Coordinator. In her spare time, Deb is an animal advocate and has eight (8) dogs and 3 cats from local rescue organizations.


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4 thoughts on “Grand Traverse County Hires Animal Control Officer

  1. Spencer Asch October 18, 2016 at 7:49 pm Reply

    Yay. Needed tons, huge!

  2. Barb October 18, 2016 at 9:24 pm Reply

    That is wonderful! Congratulations Deb.

  3. […] current Animal Control Officer, Deb Zerafa, was hired as a Grand Traverse County Animal Control Officer in October of this year. he position is part-time and she works 25 hours a week, five hours a day, […]

  4. […] the hours, funding, staff or respect the division needs. The county’s stop-gap measure of hiring Zerafa part-time in October of 2016 seems to be a decision made to quell the discontent of the public instead of a […]

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