SUMMARY OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Code Enforcement Specialist I Auxiliary is an integral part of the Department of the Fire Marshal and Permit Services Team and is responsible for the enforcement of the City’s property standards and Zoning Ordinance.  This position performed under the general supervision of the Fire Marshal, Fire Marshal & Permit Services, but some leeway is granted for the exercise of independent judgment and initiative. Assignments are carried out following broad policy guidelines, general goals, and objectives. The nature of the work performed requires the employee to establish and maintain effective working relationships with both internal and external customers which includes the public, other city departments, and other agencies.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Performs surveys of properties in the City to determine compliance with various codes, including the Zoning Ordinance, the International Residential Code, the international Building Code, the International Property Maintenance Code and other City ordinances.
  • Investigates, documents and reports work being performed without required permits.
  • Performs inspections of properties in the City to enforce the City’s property maintenance standards including, but not limited to, notifying owners of violations of high grass and weeds, accumulations of trash and vermin infestations, posting and removal of inoperable or unregistered vehicles.
  • Performs inspections and re-inspections of residential and commercial properties to verify that they meet the City’s standards, including the Life Safety Code.
  • Maintains inspection and re-inspection records and prepares reports for use by administrative or judicial authorities.
  • Prepares violation notices, issues and delivers citations, prepares legal documents and testifies in court as necessary.
  • Responds to and investigates complaints from citizens and other City Departments relating to sub-standard conditions existing in rental units and exterior areas of properties.
  • Keeps immediate supervisor and designated others fully and accurately informed concerning work progress, including present and potential work problems and suggestions for new or improved ways of addressing such problems.
  • Responds to callouts that may occur after hours on a rotating callout schedule approved by the Chief Building Official.
  • Prepares and documents, either written or electronically, historical property files, FMPS logs, lists or any established FMPS reports for all actions, decisions, or items necessary for official documentation purposes.
  • Willingly and cooperatively accepts other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES – This position has no supervisory duties.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Background - Applicant must complete a background examination that may include, but is not limited to, a criminal history check, education and professional certification verification, credit check and drug testing before employment with the city.  Must be able to pass a Public Safety background check that includes fingerprinting. 

Education and/or Experience - High School Diploma or GED and two years related experience in administrative and field duties securing compliance with ordinances and/or laws or any equivalent combination of experience and training Experience in law and/or code enforcement, including court or other hearing procedures preferred.

Certificates, License, Registrations - Must possess a Maryland Class C Driver’s License, or a comparable license issued by the employee’s state of residence, and a proven safe driving record.  Completion within 6 months of employment the ICC International Property Maintenance Inspector Certification and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Certified Fire Inspector 1.  Completion of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) command courses 100 and 700 six (6) months of employment with the City.  Must obtain, within six (6) months of employment, the designated (OEM) Incident Command Systems Courses.

Training StandardsMust complete at least 30 hours of approved continuing education training annually, after the first 12 months of employment.

Computer Skills - Ability to operate a personal computer.  Proficient in the use of typical word processing software such as Microsoft Word and the use of spreadsheet software such as Microsoft Excel. Able to learn and apply other office software and automated office procedures.  Able to learn and use other computer-based processes including the City’s Software Packages for permits and GIS (Geographical Information Systems).

 

MUST BE ABLE TO PASS A PRE-EMPLOYMENT PHYSICAL examination, INCLUDING DRUG SCREEN, AND A CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK.

The City of Laurel is an Equal Opportunity Employer

MUST PROVIDE PROOF OF UP TO DATE COVID-19 VACCINATION PRIOR TO YOUR START DATE

Fire Marshal & Permit Services

The Department of the Fire Marshal and Permit Services (FMPS) is divided into two Divisions who are responsible for the management and enforcement of the City’s codes and ordinances as it relates to wide range of areas, to include building and property standards, fire and life safety standards, rental housing licenses and permitting services.  

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