Code Enforcement Officer/Animal Control Officer

Department:    Administration/Police Department

Date:                 January 12th 2024

Hours:              40 hours per week

Salary:              $17-$20 per hour

General Purpose

Performs a variety of routine and complex work in the interpretation and enforcement of adopted codes and related rules and regulations regarding zoning, property maintenance, animal control and other duties as assigned or requested.

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Supervision Received

Works under the general guidance and direction of the Code Enforcement Supervisor.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Regularly work independently, but under the supervision of the code enforcement supervisor.

Animal Control

Routinely patrols and inspects all areas of the village monitoring for stray dogs, enforcement of leash and waste laws, and interact with the public as to animal control issues as necessary. Complete required reports and submit in a timely manner. Investigate cases of animal cruelty and neglect. Educate public on responsible and lawful pet ownership.

Promotes rabies vaccinations, Village animal licensing, and proper care and containment of domestic animals.

Responds to wild animal calls, sets and collects traps, work with and handle all types of animals to include their impoundment and or transportation to the animal clinic, and destroys dangerous or injured animals as required by law.

Code Enforcement

Routinely patrols and inspects all areas of the village monitoring for violations of local codes.  Responds to complaints of potential code violations relating to signage, building occupancy, nuisances, property maintenance issues, housing conditions, construction, land use, zoning, noise, dumping, clearing, grading, and filling, polluting, or other code related matters.

Conducts field investigations of potential violations; gathers evidence; questions or interrogates complainants, witnesses and suspects; compares facts to code requirements; makes findings; and issues warnings, correction notices, or citations. Prepares citation cases for hearings, meets with property owners, tenants, contractors, developers, businesses, etc. to review and explain code requirements and violations or potential violations in a courteous and tactful manner; secures code compliance.

Gather evidence of violations in preparation for court or Administrative Hearing appearances. Attend court and/or Administrative Hearing sessions and give testimony and evidence of violations as required.

Drafts and distributes a variety of correspondence, memoranda, notices, flyers, brochures, media releases, and reports relating to code enforcement issues and actions.  Provides information to persons who request information or assistance in code enforcement related matters.  Maintains a variety of logs and records related to inspection and enforcement activities; prepares recommendations for amendments and additions to codes or regulations which relate to the position.

Coordinates efforts with the police, planning, building and related departments, the prosecuting attorney and other staff or agencies, as needed.  Works with police and prosecutors to obtain written or tape recorded statements, depositions or admissions, as needed.

Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Peripheral Duties

At times will be called upon to work with and provide support to other departments.

Desired Minimum Qualifications

Education and experience:

  1. High School Diploma or GED equivalent
  2. Strong computer and organizational skills
  3. Combination of education and past experience will also be considered
  4. Able to obtain International Code Council Property Maintenance & Housing Inspector certification within 6 months of date of Hire.

Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

A.  Working knowledge of the following:

  • Code enforcement and animal control principles, practices and methods as applicable to a municipal setting
  • Applicable laws, standards and regulations relating to various land use codes
  • Nuisance and public safety codes
  • Inspection techniques

B.  Skill in operating the listed tools and equipment

C.  Ability to: 

  • Prepare, organize and maintain inspection field data, reports and systems
  • Analyze complex situations, problems and data
  • Use sound judgment in drawing conclusions and making decisions
  • Comprehend and articulate complex facts and relationships in detail
  • Summarize and write clearly, concisely and legibly in English or if bilingual English as primary language.
  • Testify in court in an objective, concise and professional manner
  • Produce or obtain reports, graphs, charts, photographs or evidence or exhibits
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with citizens, employees, supervisors and the general public
  • Follow verbal and written instructions
  • Handle a variety of domestic and wild animals
  • Interact with the public
  • Handle stressful situations and effectively deal with difficult or angry people

Special Requirements

Must possess a valid state driver’s license.

Must possess or be able to obtain a valid FOID card.

Must have the ability to pass a complete medical physical and background investigation.

Tools and Equipment Used

  • Laptop and Desktop computers, including word processing, spread sheets, database and cloud based software
  • Motor vehicle
  • Telephone
  • Mobile or portable radio
  • Cell phone / Smart Phone
  • Digital Camera
  • Copy machine
  • Facsimile machine
  • Tape measure and other measuring devices
  • Animal catch poles, nets, traps and ramps
  • Issued Uniform shirt, pants and boots
  • Personal Protective Equipment, included but not limited to: Ballistic Vest, Baton, Pepper Spray, TASER, and High Visibility Vest
  • Other related tools and equipment as needed or issued.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work is performed mostly in field settings.  Considerable outdoor work is required in the inspection of various land uses, violations and other matters.  Hand-eye coordination is necessary to navigate various terrains, operate computers, various pieces of office equipment and issued personal protective equipment.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; talk and hear; use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms.  The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

Work Schedule

The normal work hours for this position are between 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. There will also be Saturday, Sunday, and evening work hours that will be scheduled as needed to maintain proper coverage, and be able to see violations that don’t always occur during regular business hours.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions.  The employee occasionally works in high, precarious places and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, various weather conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, risk of electrical shock and vibration.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Selection Guidelines

Formal application, rating of education and experience; oral interviews and reference check; job related tests might be required.

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

The position description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

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