Placer Employment Opportunities

Code Enforcement Officer - Supervising

Recruitment #2017-13537-01


This recruitment will remain open until filled.  Qualified applications received by 5:00 pm on Friday, June 16th will be forwarded to the department for the first round of departmental hiring interviews.


To plan, organize and supervise the activities within the Code Enforcement section of the Building Division. Perform highly responsible and complex code enforcement duties including court appearance, technical field inspections and investigations to enforce State and County codes and ordinances related to  zoning, building, and related land use standards and public nuisances;  investigate complaints and issue citations for code violations; to communicate with the public regarding code compliance and enforcement.


The Supervisor level recognizes positions that perform full, first-line supervisory responsibilities including planning, organizing, directing, assigning, and evaluating the work of subordinates and is responsible for a section within a work unit or a division.  The Supervisor level is responsible for the more complex or difficult code enforcement cases.


Receives direction from assigned management or supervisory staff.

Exercises direct supervision over technical and clerical personnel.


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Train and supervise subordinate staff in code enforcement activities including explaining and applying ordinances, state laws and current zoning and land use principles.
  • Screen and assign cases; prioritize and assign tasks and projects.
  • Provide direction and guidance in technical analysis, policy issues and tactics; establish investigation strategy.
  • Ensure compliance with procedure and policy manual.
  • Recommend and assist in the implementation of goals and objectives; establish schedules and methods of code enforcement activities; implement policies and procedures.
  • Plan, organize, coordinate and supervise code enforcement methods and procedures.
  • Plan, organize and evaluate the work and performance of assigned staff.
  • Evaluate operations and activities of assigned responsibilities; recommend priorities, improvements, and modifications; prepare various reports on operations and activities.
  • Monitor and review trends in code and law enforcement, and recommends operational, procedural and policy improvements.
  • Prepare and issue citations and warrants; collect and preserve evidence, write arrest warrants, inspection warrants, search warrants and related paperwork.
  • Follow established procedures to issue citations and warrants to people in violation of county codes and state regulations; document each citation presented to owners and agents.
  • Participate in budget preparation and administration; prepare cost estimates for budget recommendations; submit justifications for assigned personnel and equipment; monitor and control expenditures.
  • Participate in the selection of staff; provide or coordinate staff training; work with employees to correct deficiencies; implement discipline procedures.
  • Coordinate or investigate complaints and conduct field inspections; seek compliance regarding code requirements through written and personal contact; issue warning notices and citations; conduct follow up inspections.
  • Explain applicable zoning and building codes and division policies and procedures to the public in the field, by telephone and at the public counter; and coordinate with other County departments and/or outside agencies as needed.
  • Establish, manage, and maintain accurate and complete case files; prepare legal documents and evidence for court and/or administrative hearing proceedings; and testify in court as needed.
  • Prepare comprehensive reports, documents, and background data to substantiate violations.
  • Receive and review information about possible violations of zoning and building codes; and research parcel history and permits to determine validity of complaints.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other County employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


It is the applicant's responsibility to identify in their application materials how they meet the Minimum Qualifications listed below.

Experience: Three years of responsible journey level experience performing duties similar to those of a Code Enforcement Officer II in Placer County, including one year in a lead or supervisory capacity.

Training: Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade.  Additional specialized training in code enforcement or investigative techniques is desirable.

License or Certificate:

  • Possession of a valid certificate of completion of Penal Code §832 Course in Arrest, Search, and Seizure issued by California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training to be obtained within twelve months of employment.
  • May need to possess a valid driver's license as required by the position.  Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.


Knowledge of:

  • State and local laws, statutes, ordinances, codes, and regulations pertaining to building, housing and zoning.
  • Operation, policies and procedures of the County Building Division, especially as related to Code Enforcement.
  • Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation.
  • Principles and practices of code enforcement and land use designation and regulation.
  • Principles of budget monitoring.
  • Investigative techniques and report writing.
  • Rules of evidence, current laws, court process, and legal terminology.
  • Modern office procedures, methods and computer equipment.
  • English usage, spelling, grammar and punctuation.
  • Arithmetic and basic mathematical calculations.

Ability to:

  • On a continuous basis, analyze site situations and develop solutions; identify, interpret, explain and enforce violations; review and interpret codes and rules; and maintain awareness of safety at all times.
  • On a continuous basis, walk, stand, climb and bend in the field.  Occasionally kneel and run; write or use a keyboard to communicate; and occasionally lift moderate weight.
  • Train, assign, review and evaluate the work of subordinate staff.
  • Perform investigations and inspections of a difficult and complex nature and prepare evidence and files on difficult and complex enforcement cases for court presentation and testimony.
  • Explain complex zoning, building and land use regulations to employees and the public; solve problems and recommend solutions.
  • Simultaneously investigate multiple inquiries and complaints and conduct multiple field inspections, accurately document findings and maintain appropriate records.
  • Assess and prioritize multiple tasks, projects, and demands.
  • Analyze situations quickly and objectively and determine proper course of action.
  • Obtain information through interviews and dialogue; and work fairly and courteously with the public.
  • Work with various cultural and ethnic groups in a tactful and effective manner.
  • Use a computer, calculator, typewriter, telephone, facsimile machine, photocopy machine, microfilm reader printer, photographic camera.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.


Training & Experience Rating (100%)

Based upon responses to the supplemental questionnaire, the applicant’s education, training and experience will be evaluated using a pre-determined formula.  Scores from this evaluation will determine applicant ranking and placement on the eligible list.

All applicants who meet minimum qualifications will be required to respond to an online Conviction History Questionnaire, which will be sent as a link on their notification that minimum qualifications have been met.  Failure to respond to this questionnaire within (3) three calendar days of the minimum qualification notification will result in disqualification from the examination.


Prior to the date of hire, applicants must undergo a fingerprint test by the Department of Justice, pass a medical examination, which may include a drug screening and possibly a psychological evaluation, sign a constitutional oath and submit proof of U.S. citizenship or legal right to remain and work in the U.S.  For some positions, applicants may also be required to submit proof of age, undergo a background investigation and/or be bonded. 


All new permanent employees, with the exception of sworn law enforcement and those in management and confidential groups, shall be required to join the employee organization or pay an 'Agency Fee' as a condition of employment.


The eligible list(s) resulting from this recruitment may be certified as a substitute list for a substantially similar classification.  For this purpose, a substantially similar classification is one at a lower level in the same classification (example: entry level vs. journey) and/or a similar classification (similar work performed, similar training and experience qualifications required). If you are contacted for an interview by a County department, you will be informed of the classification and other relevant information. If you choose not to interview for a substantially similar classification, you will remain on the eligible list for which you originally applied.


Placer County offers an expedited process for qualifying certain applicants for interviews. Candidates currently employed, or employed within the last year, by a public agency operating under a personnel civil service or merit system may be eligible to be placed on a Public Agency Eligible List and certified as eligible for appointment to a similar job assignment without going through the examination process. For more information on the Public Agency Eligible List, to download forms, or to apply, please visit our website at:


Thank you for your interest in employment with Placer County. Placer County is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to an active nondiscrimination program. It is the stated policy of Placer County that harassment, discrimination and retaliation are prohibited and that all employees, applicants, agents, contractors, and interns/volunteers shall receive equal consideration and treatment. All terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, transfer and promotion will be based on the qualifications of the individual for the positions being filled regardless of gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, race, color, ancestry, religion, national origin, physical disability (Including HIV and AIDS), mental disability, medical condition (cancer or genetic characteristics/information), age (40 or over), marital status, military and/or veteran status, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law. Please contact the Human Resources Department at least 5 working days before a scheduled examination if you require accommodation in the examination process. Medical disability verification may be required prior to accommodation.


The following information represents benefits currently available to permanent Placer County employees and may be subject to change.  It is advisable that applicants inquire as to the most current benefit package during hiring interviews or by contacting the Human Resources Department.

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