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Code Enforcement Officer I
 
JOB CODE:107640
 
PAY GRADE:1130
 
SALARY RANGE:$25,983 - $35,967
 
LOCATION OF WORK
Department of Public Works
 
GENERAL DESCRIPTION
Under close supervision of a departmental supervisor, performs specialized work enforcing city codes and ordinances pertaining to signs, housing, litter, overgrowth, abandoned vehicles, garbage containers and dump sites. Work involves investigating, handling and resolving numerous complaints and problems dealing with code violations in East Baton Rouge Parish. Additional responsibilities involve the dissemination of information to various organizations, governmental agencies and public officials. Work is reviewed by superiors through written reports, conferences and results obtained. Performs other work as requested.
 
ESSENTIAL WORK TASKS
Performs inspections of houses and property for conformance with applicable codes pertaining to signs, housing, litter, overgrowth, abandoned vehicles, garbage containers and dump sites. Interprets and enforces the provisions of applicable city codes, laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies and procedures; initiates any actions necessary to correct deviations or violations. Responds to complaints and questions related to code enforcement issues; researches problems and initiates problem resolution; discusses problem areas with property owners, landlords and contractors. Gathers information and evidence for prosecution of violators; interviews citizens; prepares and presents cases to the Baton Rouge Litter Court and City and District Courts; testifies in court as needed. Maintains records of inspection activities; makes photographic records of violations. Prepares or completes various forms, reports, correspondence, logs, inspection reports, notices, formal warnings, or other documents. Communicates with supervisors, employees, other departments, city council members, board members, attorneys, contractors, property owners, landlords, outside agencies, community groups, the public, and other individuals as needed to coordinate work activities, review status of work, exchange information, or resolve problems. Checks property zoning and zoning changes; checks alley and street closings. Attends meetings and hearings.
 
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
Knowledge of City-Parish Code of Ordinances, City-Parish Resolutions and Unified Development Code (UDC).
Knowledge of the geography of East Baton Rouge Parish. Skill in the safe operation of a light motor vehicle. Ability to keep records and to prepare periodic reports. Ability to interpret and explain various codes to the public. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with professionals, administrative superiors, civic and governmental organizations and the general public. Ability to express ideas clearly and concisely, orally and in writing to individuals and groups. Ability to positively and diplomatically deal with customers, whether they are in a pleasant or angry mood, helping them resolve their problem. Ability to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions. Ability to apply good work habits such as punctuality, reliability, preciseness, and dependability in order to effectively complete assigned tasks and contribute to the smooth operation of the department and division.
 
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS
EDUCATIONAL AND EXPERIENCE
High school diploma, GED, or equivalent certificate of competency, and three years experience in code inspection, construction inspection or building construction work.
 
SUBSTITUTIONS
Any equivalent combination of education and experience.
 
CERTIFICATIONS/LICENSES
Must have a valid Louisiana driver's license at the time of appointment and maintain throughout employment in this classification.
 
OTHER JOB ASPECTS
None.
 
NOTE:
The work examples described in this specification are intended only as an illustration of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from job performance requirements if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the job.