Senior Code Enforcement Officer

APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 3, 2019 at 5:00 PM
Salary: $6032.00 – $7470.67
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The Ideal Candidate will have demonstrated an expert level of knowledge in concepts and procedures related to code enforcement through a solid work history in the enforcement of administrative rules and regulations at a government or quasi-government organization. This knowledge will include legal procedures and requirements related to compelling compliance. Excellent interpersonal skills and outstanding abilities in persuasion and negotiating are necessary. Exceptional logic and critical thinking skills are essential to effectively review and interpret municipal codes and determine compliance through field inspections. A desire to lead and mentor other code enforcement staff is desired. Ideal candidates will possess Penal Code 832 Powers of Arrest certification, and the CACEO Advanced examination certification. Bilingual English/Spanish language skills and Building Certifications are desirable.

Under general supervision, performs technical office and field work involving the inspection, investigation and enforcement of state and City codes and ordinances relating to public nuisances, zoning, litter, weeds, and signs.

Reports to: Code Enforcement Supervisor

Senior Code Enforcement Officer is the advanced journey-level within the series, and is distinguished from the Code Enforcement Officer II by the performance of the most difficult and specialized code enforcement work, including the exercise of lead authority over other Code Enforcement staff members, as assigned.

Performs as lead in the implementation of a comprehensive code enforcement program
Enforces and applies the Zoning and Municipal Codes, Uniform Housing Codes, and other related codes and regulations related to community preservation, health and safety
Conducts field investigations and site surveillance of residential, commercial and industrial properties to uncover possible violations of state and City codes and ordinances
Issues infraction and misdemeanor citations for violations relating to public nuisances including zoning, litter, abandoned vehicles, weeds, debris accumulation, oversized trucks in residential areas and parking violations
Photographs evidence, prepares diagrams and measurements, interviews potential witnesses, composes letters and follows-up to ensure remedial action has been taken
Receives complaints from citizens and other sources
Issues correction notices; performs routine follow-up; effects removal if necessary
Prepares memos and investigative reports; initiates procedures on suspected violations; explains and provides alternative mitigating measures to property owners to resolve violations
Answers inquiries from public regarding code and ordinance requirements, interpretations, policies and applicability
Prepares code violation cases for presentation at public hearings, City Council meetings and judicial proceedings;
Files written complaints through the Office of the City Attorney to secure compliance; assists in the preparation of depositions, affidavits, stipulated judgments and inspection warrants; serves legal documents
Participates in and coordinates joint inspections of properties with other agencies and City departments
Coordinates abatements with outside contractors
Researches property ownership, and zoning, building and parcel histories
Interprets building and planning project entitlements; compiles statistics and prepares periodic reports
Makes presentations to local civic, educational, professional, community and neighborhood groups
Serves as team leader on assigned projects; exercises lead authority over other staff members, including field training and review of work products
Reports to work as scheduled, works a variety of schedules including evenings, weekends, and holidays as required; maintains a regular and consistent attendance record
Performs other related duties as assigned

The preceding duties have been provided as examples of the essential types of work performed by positions within this job classification. Management reserves the right to add, modify, change or rescind work assignments as needed.


Any combination of education, training, and experience that would likely provide the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform in the position is qualifying. A typical combination includes:

Knowledge of:
* Building, zoning, and housing codes and regulations
* Legal descriptions and boundary maps
* Basic principles of land use planning
* Research practices and techniques
* Rules of evidence related to public hearings and judicial cases
* Personal computer and standard business software
* Departmental policies and procedures
* Conflict resolution techniques
* Quality service principles and practices
* Appropriate safety methods and techniques
* Leadership principles

Ability to:
* Perform advanced journey-level code enforcement work
* Read, interpret and enforce applicable codes
* Analyze and compile technical information
* Apply investigative techniques
* Inspect properties with unknown hazards
* Utilize appropriate interpersonal skills when interacting with diverse communities or confrontational individuals
* Prepare clear and concise reports
* Maintain and follow department processes and regulations
* Communicate effectively verbally and in writing
* Issue citations
* Operate standard office equipment including a two-way radio
* Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work
* Deliver quality customer service
* Work independently and as a team member
* Provide oversight and leadership to other staff

Education: High school diploma or equivalent. College-level coursework in Code Enforcement or related field required.

Experience: Two (2) years’ experience in the job classification of Code Enforcement Officer II with the City of Huntington Beach or four (4) years’ experience performing code enforcement or building inspection work governing residential, commercial and industrial properties or inspecting, investigating and enforcing municipal or other public jurisdiction laws and ordinances.

License/Certification: A valid California driver license and an acceptable driving record required at time of appointment and throughout employment in this position.

Penal Code 832 Certification required at time of appointment

Code Enforcement Officer Certification by the California Code Enforcement Officers Association (CACEO) or by the International Code Council/American Association of Code Enforcement (ICC/AACE) required. Community College Code Enforcement Certificate of Proficiency may be substituted for the required certification.

Employees regularly assigned/required to drive a city or personal vehicle in the course and scope of work shall be required to participate in the DMV Employer Pull Notice program.

Public Employee Disaster Service Worker: In accordance with Government Code Section 3100, all Huntington Beach city employees are required to perform assigned disaster service worker duties in the event of an emergency or a disaster.