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GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES

Performs professional inspections and causing compliance with various codes and ordinances and abating violations of the City Code; does related work as required.

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS

An employee in this classification performs technical work involving the proactive and reactive compliance resolution of City codes and ordinances throughout the City. The employee is responsible for coordinating and administering the abatement process, assessing, evaluating, and enforcing compliance with all applicable regulatory standards and requirements with the objective of ensuring the safety, health and general welfare of the public and business community. The employee performs essential functions as outlined herein according to the assigned functional area, e.g., rental structures, neighborhood services, nuisance abatement.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Responding to and investigating citizen complaints regarding nuisances and code violations; attempting to alleviate \violation by negotiation; issuing official notices or citations to correct violations; preparing cases and testifying in court; preparing and maintaining files and records.

EXAMPLES OF WORK

Investigates citizen complaints regarding code violations and nuisances such as illegal dumping, home businesses, illegal construction or occupancy, tall grass, weeds, dilapidated structures, trash, debris, etc. Communicates with business and property owners and homeowner associations concerning violations. Conducts inspections to ensure compliance and commercial property use and occupancy codes. Performs field inspections and re-inspections of rental housing for compliance with building, plumbing, electrical, and/or mechanical codes and other such duties as may be applicable and consistent with this job description.

Prepares reports for supervisor regarding owners to owner-occupants deficiencies to be corrected. Conducts re-inspections to determine the adequacy of repairs made. Receives complaints about defective construction and handles abatement problems.  Answers questions from private citizens, contractors, and builders, and does basic plan checking to determine compliance with codes. Confers with tenants and owners on code compliance matters. Reviews building plans and specifications for compliance with codes.  Assists with environmental and related code inspections.     Makes reports and keeps records regarding inspections. Issues warnings, official notices, and citations as necessary to obtain compliance.  Prepares cases and testifies in court, obtains court orders to abate violations. Administers and inspects for compliance with sign ordinances. Reviews signed applications and permits.  Assists animal control abatement. Conducts research and develops recommendations for code amendments to the City Council. Performs other duties as applicable or assigned.

 

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE SKILLS AND ABILITIES

Thorough knowledge of various ordinances and environmental codes; general knowledge of legal procedures related to compliance with ordinances and codes; ability to prepare reports and present the same to supervisors and/or other boards of authority; ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with contractors, public officials, co-workers, and the general public; ability to cause compliance with ordinances and regulations with compassion and impartiality.

MINIMUM EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

High School graduation, High School Equivalency Diploma, or G.E.D. Certificate; supplemented by one

(1)   year of related experience, e.g., code inspection or the like, or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience. Bilingual abilities are encouraged.

WORK CONDITIONS

Light work requiring the exertion of up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. Work requiring walking, stooping, and climbing, standing, and repetitive motions. Verbal communication is required. Visual acuity is required for color perception, preparing and analyzing written or computer data, visual inspection involving small defects and/or small parts, use of measuring devices, the operation of motor vehicles or equipment, and observing general surroundings and activities. The worker is subject to inside and outside environmental conditions.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

Possession of a valid driver’s license.  An employee in this classification is subject to random drug and alcohol testing pursuant to the City of Seat Pleasant’s Drug-Free Workplace Policy, Drug & Alcohol Testing Procedures.

Qualified candidates are encouraged to submit a cover letter including salary requirements and resume to jobs@seatpleasantmd.gov. Cover letters should be addressed to Human Resources and must include Executive Assistant to Mayor. The position opened until filled.  The city of Seat Pleasant is an EOE/AA employer.  NO TELEPHONE CALLS PLEASE.

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