CLACKAMAS COUNTY

CLASSIFICATION NO. 904
Established: 12/90
Revised: 06/03
FLSA: Non-Exempt
EEO: 2

CODE COMPLIANCE SPECIALIST

CLASS CHARACTERISTICS

Under direction to independently review, process, and resolve complex code compliance issues of ordinances, rules, regulations and state statutes administered by the County Department of Transportation and Development; to issue citations and forfeitures; to develop and present cases to the Compliance Hearings Officer for code compliance or to assist Legal Counsel to present code compliance cases at court; to participate in the review and development of ordinances; and to do other work as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

The Community Environment Division within the Department of Transportation and Development is responsible for investigating and resolving code and ordinance violations in building, plumbing, electrical, mechanical, dangerous building, solid waste, subsurface sewage disposal, grading, road use, zoning and development, and similar regulations through negotiating voluntary compliance. This division also oversees the franchising of garbage haulers, review of state business licenses, and coordination of County waste reduction and recycling programs and efforts.

The Code Compliance classification series is primarily oriented to ensuring public compliance with County ordinances and State codes, rules, and regulations in accordance with the Code Compliance operational policies, procedures, and priorities of the Board of Commissioners. The Code Compliance Specialist is the journey level in the series and is responsible to conduct code compliance case investigations including the complex multiple source violations. Incumbents issue citations and forfeitures, and coordinate the hearings process and present cases before a Compliance Hearings Officer. They assist Legal Counsel and testify in court as expert witnesses.

The Code Compliance Specialist differs from the Code Compliance Coordinator, which determines priority of complaints, reviews or assigns new cases. It differs from the Environmental Assistant, which assists in conducting investigations, but does not present cases to the Hearings Officer.

TYPICAL TASKS

Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Reviews complaints of alleged violation(s) of County ordinances, regulations and/or State codes; researches, analyzes, and determines the location and nature of violation(s); coordinates and conducts investigations and inspections of properties and structures with property owners, tenants, building inspectors, health inspectors, planners, road inspectors, the Sheriff's office, and other local, state, and federal jurisdictions to ensure compliance with ordinances and codes; coordinates cases involving significant environmental impacts.
  2. Prepares files and complaints; coordinates compliance hearings process and presents cases to the Compliance Hearings Officer; represents the County's legal position advising Hearings Officer of issues related to the case; makes oral arguments and answers objections at hearings; prepares and presents evidence; proposes and negotiates stipulated settlements; develops general legal strategies for multi-violation complaints, cases, and issues.
  3. Negotiates voluntary compliance agreements with ordinances and codes through meetings and correspondence; identifies the code compliance issues and options for resolution; promotes and utilizes mediation to resolve disputes between parties; advises the parties of the required applications and permit procedures, and assists the public in preparing permit applications; develops compliance schedules to ensure that code compliance issues have been corrected; issues citations and forfeitures.
  4. Conducts research of records, files, applications, permits, and history of properties when a complaint has been filed; maintains accurate descriptive case files, field notes, and records; develops, maintains, updates, and closes case files when appropriate.
  5. Prepares and presents reports on cases requiring compliance actions, and recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners and County Counsel; assists County Counsel with prosecution of cases at Circuit Court; compiles and presents evidence and testifies in code compliance proceedings and at trials; develops legal strategies with County Counsel to obtain compliance; negotiates stipulated settlements and judgments for County Counsel or Court signature.
  6. Participates in the development and revision of County ordinances, rules, regulations, policies, and standard operating procedures; assists as liaison between Department of Transportation and Development and County divisions regarding ordinance and permit issuance topics; interprets and applies federal, state, and local legislation, statutes, rules and regulations.
  7. Reviews and comments on land use actions resulting from enforcement proceedings; testifies in land use hearings; makes presentations to public meetings, local citizen groups, and other jurisdictions.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS

Working knowledge of: Laws, rules, ordinances, and codes pertaining to land use, right of way, motor vehicles, building, subsurface sewage disposal, solid waste management, nuisance abatement, excavation, grading, and erosion control practices; land use planning principles and practices; principles and techniques of legal writing, hearings procedures, and rules of evidence; principles and techniques of negotiation; County field inspection and investigative procedures and practices; County permit process and zoning regulations; rules of evidence and judicial procedures in compliance hearings and County, State, and Federal Courts; basic mathematics; English grammar and composition.

Skill to: Establish findings of fact and decisions in concise written form; interpret and apply legal principles to code violations; analyze problems and identify alternative solutions; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; define and evaluate violations of codes and ordinances; effectively present county positions on code violations to hearings officers, attorneys, the Board of County Commissioners, and the public; act as expert witness in court; present cases at hearings; collect, interpret and evaluate relevant data; research and prepare reports; compose correspondence; elicit the cooperation of concerned parties for reasonable compliance with laws and regulations; effectively utilize word processing, spreadsheet, database, and other software; establish and maintain effective working relationships with County personnel, the Hearings Officer, Legal Counsel, and the public.

WORKING CONDITIONS

Duties are performed in indoor office settings with frequent field investigations, which, on occasion, may require moderately strenuous physical activity.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

Driving is required for County business on a regular basis or to accomplish work. Incumbents must possess a valid driver's license, and possess and maintain an acceptable driving record throughout the course of employment.

MINIMUM RECRUITING STANDARDS

Any satisfactory combination of experience and training that demonstrates possession of the required knowledge and skill.