Ed Jamison

Chief Animal Control Officer

Ed Jamison
Ed Jamison became the chief animal control officer for the City of Cleveland Division of Animal Care & Control on June 16, 2014. Prior to that, he was employed by the City of Garfield Heights Service Department from 2001 to 2014, and became the animal warden in 2006. In his time serving Cleveland, Ed has made a push to redefine the way animal control functions and to re-brand the public’s perception of the industry.

The division has implemented PetPoint animal software and, with the help of the ASPCA, mobile devices are now in the hands of all animal control officers as well as kennel staff. In December 2014, new city ordinances 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.

The trademarked 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 carry up to 12 adoptable dogs to off-site events, community festivals, and other venues. Fully wrapped with welcoming designs and information, the vehicle serves a dual purpose as a traveling billboard. The van made its road debut during the City of Cleveland’s Labor Day parade.

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.
Chief Jamison is overseeing the design of a new city kennel, which will replace the outdated facility currently in use that was built in 1977.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 2008, but construction is slated to begin in June 2017.

Friday, July 14, 2017
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
The Power of Play: Using Play Groups to Understand and Support the Dogs in Your Care