City of Georgetown, Texas
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Code Enforcement Officer
at City of Georgetown, Texas
- Position Summary
Under the supervision of the Chief Code Enforcement Officer, performs investigations, evaluations, and research associated with improvement or abatement of code violations. Determines the presence of nuisance violations, health hazards, unsafe building conditions and violations of any health, building or land use regulations, statute or ordinance.
- Investigates complaints and performs inspections of reported code violations on private and public property to ensure compliance with the City's Municipal Code and Unified Development Code, which may include nuisance complaints, land use or zoning violations, substandard structures, weeds and uncultivated growth, trash, junk and debris, junk vehicles, building code, and other permit violations. Also determines if other violations are present at the reported property while on-site.
- Issues warnings, correction notices, and notices of violation as required. Prepare comprehensive reports and providing documentation and notification to property owners of substandard structures and properties.
- Assigns work orders to mowing/clean-up contractors and conducts contractor fee reviews.
- Prepare cases for hearings and trials by assembling reports, photos and other relevant documents regarding the code violation case to be processed in either Municipal Court or the Building Standards Commission, which may include testifying as a witness on behalf of the City.
- Read and interpret maps, plats, codes, ordinances, and regulations.
- Research Property Ownership; Utilize tax records, court records, and other resources to identify property ownership of land and/or business property, and/or tenant occupancy in order to process related violations.
- Research Vehicle Ownership; Utilize Texas DMV, tax and court records to identify vehicle ownership and lien holders (if applicable) in order to process vehicle related violations such as junk or abandoned vehicles.
- Collaborates with the other inspectors, departments, and agencies as required to ensure compliance with codes.
- Responds to Customer inquiries regarding reported complaints and the outcome (results) in a timely fashion.
- Attends citizen group meetings in order to answer questions and educate customers about City ordinances and standards, as well as basic code enforcement practices, processes and procedures.
- Conducts research for special projects.
- Complies with all applicable department and division security and safety rules, regulations, and standards pertaining to vehicles and personal safety.
- Assists in the drafting and publication of handbooks and standard operating procedures for the department.
- Prepare and submit daily and monthly reports as assigned and on time.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- Minimum Requirements
High school diploma, or equivalent. Three years of full-time experience as a Code Enforcement Officer, Building Inspector or any equivalent combination of experience and training that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.
One year (30 semester hours) from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Urban Planning, Environmental Science, Engineering Technology, Criminal Justice, Criminology, or a field related to the type of work to be performed may be substitute for one year of the required experience.
Pre-Employment: candidate must pass a post-offer, pre-employment background check, drug test, and Driving Record.
- Municipal Ordinance, Unified Development Code, applicable state and federal codes, regulations and guidelines.
- Legal procedure for enforcing Municipal Ordinance, Unified Development Code and applicable state laws.
- Basic inspection and investigation techniques in order to properly conduct inspections of properties for violations.
- Knowledge of basic construction standards is a plus.
- Excellent communication skills through telephone, written, and face-to-face interactions.
- Interpret and apply ordinances, state laws, code books, environmental regulations, procedural manuals, policy statements, public safety reports, maps, plat maps, building and/or site plans, and court records.
- Proficient computer skills including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook etc.), internet browser, and the ability to quickly learn other software applications; to include desktop and portable devices.
- Accurate and detailed recordkeeping/data entry to include case notes, photos, daily and monthly reports.
- Writing appropriate Violation Warning letters, Notice of Violation forms and Customer Service letters.
- Preparing records and reports in an organized fashion, admissible to court for hearings and trials.
- Interpreting data and preparing statistical reports using basic mathematical calculations.
- Working independently in the absence of immediate supervision.
- Certification(s)/Licenses Required
Must possess a Valid Class "C" Texas driver's license.
- Must be registered as a Code Enforcement Officer (Or Code Enforcement Officer in Training) with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation within six months of employment.
- Must obtain ICC International Property Maintenance Inspector certification within one year of employment.
- Must obtain ICC International Zoning Inspector certification within one year of employment.