Officer Jennifer Matison was hired as the City of Kirkland’s Animal Control Officer in September 2017. As Animal Control Officer, Jennifer will help to return lost pets, and provide enforcement and education for domestic animal concerns for the Kirkland community.
Jennifer was born in Spokane and raised in Puyallup, Washington. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice, and worked as a Corrections Officer in an all-male prison in Colorado. Jennifer and her husband have three children and returned to Washington to be near family. This is where Jennifer gained extensive experience in Veterinary Medicine, working for several years as an emergency and surgical veterinary assistant.
Jennifer loves animals and is excited to combine her passion and work experience in veterinary medicine with her Criminal Justice degree and law enforcement experience.
Like many local Animal Control programs, the Animal Control Officer is part of the Kirkland Police Department. “Since this is a new position and a new program, we needed someone who not only had experience in law enforcement but who also had experience working directly with animals”, said Cheri Harris, Chief of the Kirkland Police Department.
Jennifer is humbled and honored to begin her official duties as the City’s first Animal Control Officer on January 1, 2018.
Watch our Currently Kirkland episode for more information on the Animal Services Program and to meet the new Animal Control Officer Jennifer Matison.
To reach Jennifer:
Phone: 855-449-7387 (PETS)
To report a lost or found pet in Kirkland, please call 425-577-5656 (non-emergency police dispatch center).