Code Enforcement Specialist

Ada County Crouch, ID 2019-07-08
General Summary

Conducts field inspections to insure compliance with conditions of zoning permits; investigates complaints regarding Eagle zoning ordinance violations; prepares case reports for documentation and prosecution, and supports Patrol Division as required with traffic control, crime scene evidence collection, documentation and processing. Routinely interfaces with property owners, occupants or the general public to gain willful compliance and cooperation as well as provide education on applicable codes, policies and procedures. Administers vehicle related violations and hazards such as abandoned vehicle, radar trailer, emergency/evidence towing and crash awareness program.

Essential Functions

  • Investigates public code complaints by conducting field inspections of premises, gathering evidence, researching sources, and determining violations;
  • Works with owners and others to educate them of zoning requirements and to gain compliance, develop solutions and recommendations for corrective actions;
  • Prepares case files and provides complete documentation to support legal action and/or revocation of permits and issues verbal or written notices of violations;
  • Investigates selected areas to ascertain compliance with zoning regulations and illegal commercial use in residential areas to include educating owners to gain compliance;
  • Participates in legal proceedings by gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses/suspects, documenting cases for submission into legal proceedings then interfacing with prosecuting attorney, attends court hearings and testifies in jury or court trials;
  • Must be able to assume 24/7 on-call coverage responsibilities and work special events that include nights, weekends, and holidays;
  • Must be able to undergo use of force training along with certify on reactive impact weapons, oleoresin capsicum (OC) spray and/or conducted energy devices;
  • Receives and responds to calls and inquiries regarding abandoned or impounded vehicles, tags the vehicles and arranges for towing;
  • Processes the abandoned vehicle paperwork pursuant to Idaho Code and Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) procedures;
  • Maintains inventory and releases vehicles from Ada County impound facility; and
  • Conducts Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) inspections and determines vehicle ownership.
  • Receives and disseminates requests for extra patrol or traffic concerns from citizens;
  • Represents the Sheriff's Office when presenting towing complaints before the BOCC;
  • Acts as hearing officer (or refers to supervisor for impounds in which involved) for Post Storage Hearings;
    • Schedules requests, deploys and recovers the radar trailer including maintenance through the Vehicle Shop;
  • Tracks and documents annual radar and laser calibrations;
  • Assists with the collection of data for grant reporting purposes;
  • Assists with the collection of data to identify areas that require emphasis efforts;
  • Performs related duties and supports Patrol Division as required including but not limited to; traffic control, crime scene management and evidence collection; and
  • Performs related work as required.

Job Requirements

  • Knowledge of investigative techniques;
  • Knowledge of due process requirements;
  • Knowledge of location of VIN on all types of vehicles;
  • Knowledge of use of all types of office equipment;
  • Skill in verbal and written communications to include conflict resolution in tense situations;
  • Skill in the operation of a personal computer and use of Microsoft Office programs;
  • Ability to learn code enforcement practices;
  • Ability to learn zoning ordinances and determine compliance;
  • Ability to accurately record, document and prepare case files for use in legal action;
  • Ability to learn and retain information concerning the law and adapt to changes;
  • Ability to gather and protect evidence during an investigation;
  • Ability to read and understand blueprints and architectural plans;
  • Ability to research owner and title information using a variety of sources;
  • Ability to operate a motor vehicle while pulling a trailer;
  • Ability to work effectively in situations that may be highly emotional in nature;
  • Minimum three years experience in reading, understanding and enforcing laws, codes and zoning rules, property maintenance and inspections or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience, and a high school diploma or equivalent;
  • Must undergo a polygraph examination, background check, and pass an oral examination;
  • Must be deputized and wear the uniform of a non-commissioned deputy sheriff;
  • Must possess and maintain a valid Idaho driver's license;
  • This position has been designated safety sensitive and therefore the incumbent is subject to random drug testing.

Work Environment & Physical Demands

  • Approximately 80% of the time the incumbent will work in the field and will be subject to outside weather conditions; the remainder of the work will be performed in an office setting;
  • At times, the work requires the incumbent to negotiate fences and/or various types of terrain (hilly, steep, rocky, rough, wet and/or slippery surfaces);
  • The work requires the incumbent to conduct inspections and post notices concerning zoning violations; and
  • The incumbent must operate a county vehicle and travel throughout the county.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the essential functions satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodation. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being assigned to this job. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of individuals in the job. This job description is not an employment agreement and/or an expressed or implied employment contract. Management has the exclusive right to alter this job description at any time without notice. Ada County provides Veteran's Preference for all County jobs except for those deemed "key positions" in accordance with Title 65, Chapter 5 of Idaho Code

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