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Edward R.


June 11, 2017

Dear CPS HR Consulting

I am writing in response to your advertisement on the Dallas Human Resources website, for the
position of Director of Animal Care Services. Based on the requirements listed, I feel that my
skills and experience are a perfect match for this position.
I am interested in this leadership position due to the positive impact it will have on the residents of
the City of Dallas, and its animals.
I have enclosed my resume for your review. I look forward to further discussing this opportunity
with CPS HR Consulting. If you have any questions please call me at

Sincerely ,

Edward R. Jamison
Edward R. Jamison

Objective Proactive, forward thinking leader, eager to continue moving the animal care
and control field into a safer, more humane tomorrow, by implementing
industry best practices, and community specific new programming. I bring a
track record of image changing, and positive results of an underfunded, large
urban municipal Animal Care & Control Facility, in a relatively short period of
time, by creating coalitions between agencies and individuals to accomplish a
common goal, that improves the quality of life of the residents and animals I

Experience Chief Animal Control Officer, City of Cleveland Department of Public

Safety, Division of Animal Care & Control
June 16, 2014 - Present
Supervises all aspects of the Citys Animal Care & Control Division including
the City Kennels Spay and Neuter clinic operations. Prepares and manages
the Divisions budgets, which increased from $1.4 million in 2016 to $2.4
million in 2017, by demonstrating results to the administration. Performs
purchasing duties, and determines priorities concerning available capital
improvement monies. Attends community meetings. Supervises the activities
of a group of assistants engaged in the operation and maintenance of
buildings and grounds. Supervises and assists in the apprehension of
animals and their removal to the City Kennel. Responds to citizen
complaints. Conducts investigations and reports violations of City ordinances
related to animals and files charges accordingly with the Cleveland Municipal

Animal Warden, City of Garfield Heights

2006 June 2014
Enforce the 505 section of the City of Garfield Heights' Codified Ordinances
as well as the ORC 959 section as needed. Testify in court as necessary.
Maintain 24 hour contact with Garfield Heights Police Department and
Dispatchers. Set and check live humane animal traps each day Monday
through Friday for nuisance animals such as skunks, raccoons, opossums,
groundhogs, and stray cats. Euthanize and dispose of wild animals trapped.
Assist local police, county sheriff, and Cleveland Animal Protective League
(APL) in dealing with any animal situation. Catch and impound stray and at
large domestic animals. Run and operate City Kennel. Answer and return all
phone calls that come through the City Kennel. Keep paperwork and records

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of all animal bites, attacks, traps set, oral and written warnings, as well as
citations issued throughout city. Order equipment and supplies for office and
kennel as needed. Have direct contact with city residents by phone and in

Equipment Operator, City of Garfield Heights

2001 - 2006
Maintenance, removal, and plantation of urban forestry within the city limits.
Maintaining and repairing the roadways, sewers, and public edifices of the
city. Set up, planting and removal of beautification for special events and
holidays. Snow plow and salt municipal streets and lots,

Heavy Engineer Equipment Repairer, United States Army Reserves

January 2002 June 2004 Operation Iraqi Freedom Deployment, Tikrit, Iraq
Operation Iraqi Freedom Duties: Repaired, maintained and operated all
battalion engineer, Repair and maintenance of engineer and combat
equipment. Used heavy and light construction equipment (bulldozers, back
hoes forklifts, front end loaders e.g.) to fortify base, level road ways, create
drainage ditches, load and unload sensitive cargo, and many other on and off
base operations. Convoy leader on multiple supply and security operations.
Coordination of maintenance and safety checks between 3 platoons for
convoy vehicles. Assigned work load for 2 motor pool shifts

Co-Owner, P & D Landscaping

February 1999 February 2001
Scheduled and assigned all aspects of up to 30 employees daily work duties.
Prepared job bids and budgets for lawn maintenance and construction
projects. Created Microsoft Word/Excel forms for work tickets, daily
schedules, equipment damage etc. Issued purchase orders for landscaping
equipment, snow plows, and work trucks. Managed company cash flow with
Peach Tree Accounting software.

Foreman, Grabner Landscaping

April 1993 February 1999
Ran all aspects of production for two lawn maintenance crews. Installation of
irrigation systems, retaining walls, patios, lawns and landscapes. Scheduled
managed and administered fertilizer and pesticide applications. Dispatched
snow and salt crews according to accumulations. Hired employees.
Supervised 10-20 employees. Reported employee time sheets for payroll.

Edward R. Jamison
Education St. Vincent St. Mary High School, Akron, Ohio
college Prep. Diploma 1992

U.S. Army Ft. Leonardwood Missouri - Basic Training

January 2002 March 2002

U.S. Army Ft. Leonardwood Missouri Advanced Training

March 2002 June 2002

Cleveland State University

17 Credit Hours Business Administration / Humane Resources 2009

Work Related Certifications and Awards

National Animal Control Association Level I Certified

Excellence in Tactical Communication through Verbal Judo Certified -

Cuyahoga County Animal Warden Society (CAWS)

Euthanasia by Injection Certification- American Humane Association

Dangerous Dog Training CAWS

2015 The City of Cleveland Division of Animal Care and Control was
awarded the Bright Ideas Award at the Great Lakes Animal Welfare
Conference, for its CITY DOGS Adoption program.

2016 Invited Presenter at the Great Lakes Animal Welfare Conference on

Difficult to Place Animals

2017 Invited Presenter at the Best Friends Animal Society National

Conference on The Power of Play Groups

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Relevant Course Awarded the Army Achievement Medal for preparing the 475th Quartermaster Company's
Work vehicles and equipment for deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. February

Awarded the Army Mechanic's Badge during deployment to Tikrit, Iraq running motor pool
under combat conditions and preparing battalion vehicles for convoys. July 2003.

Awarded an Army Certificate of Achievement during 10 month deployment to Tikrit, Iraq

running motor pool under combat conditions and preparing battalion vehicles for convoys

An 18 month deployment as a 62B (Heavy Engineer Equipment Mechanic) in support of

Operation Iraqi Freedom, which included 10 months stationed at FOB Speicher in Tikrit,
Iraq, repairing and operating battalion equipment as combat and base operations dictated.
Convoy Commander on multiple supply, support, and recovery missions.

National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global
War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Army Achievement
Medal, Army Mechanic Badge, Army Service Ribbon

Leadership I became the chief animal control officer for the City of Cleveland Division of
Animal Care & Control on June 16, 2014. In my time serving Cleveland, I
have made a push to redefine the way animal control functions and to re-
brand the publics perception of the industry.

In December 2014, I wrote new city ordinances and they were enacted to
target neglect of animals, including defining what adequate shelter for
companion animals is. Also enacted was a speedy court process for the
disposition of animals impounded for various violations, greatly reducing the
time an animal is held in the city kennel. PetPoint animal software was
implemented throughout the Division, and mobile devices were deployed into
the hands of all animal control officers as well as kennel staff.

The trademarked, award winning City Dogs Cleveland adoption program,

which was launched early in 2015, is designed to highlight the predominantly
pit bull population at the kennel, who are prepared to become wonderful
family pets. With the help of the nonprofit group Friends of the Cleveland
Kennel, a $90,000, 22-foot Ford Transit adoption van was secured by the
Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust. The van can carries adoptable dogs to off-
site events, community festivals, and other venues. Fully wrapped with
welcoming designs and information, the vehicle serves a dual purpose not
only to transport animals, but also as a traveling billboard.

Volunteers are critical for success in any large intake shelter. A motivated,
well trained and managed group was assembled in 2015, to help with the
care, enrichment, and marketing of the animals in the Cleveland Kennel. The
group now is over 200 strong, and works in conjunction with the staff to get
the animals into the publics eyes, expanding the positive outreach to the

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In the spring of 2016, Dogs Playing For Life spent over a month on the ground
in Cleveland to help daily play groups become a reality, and a $75,000 grant
from the Petco Foundation will support paid employees to run play groups.

I oversaw the design of a new city kennel, which will replace the outdated
facility currently in use that was built in 1977. The long-awaited building has
been in the planning stage since 2007, but a groundbreaking ceremony was
held June 7, 2017, and construction is scheduled to be finished by the fall of

The City of Cleveland Division of Animal Care & Control has reduced the
length of stay for its longest residents, pit bull type dogs by 20 days in the last
2 years by increasing enrichment and adoption programs. The Division
currently is realizing over an 86% save rate for the animals that enter its care.

The hard work of the Division was rewarded by the Mayor and City Council
with a 60% budget increase for 2017.

Edward R. Jamison