[Adopted 6-8-1978; amended in its entirety 6-22-2000 by Ord. No. 8-2000]
It is hereby created in the City of Egg Harbor City, County of Atlantic and State of New Jersey, the position of Code Enforcement Officer.
Under direction, performs varied types of field and office work involved in seeing that residents, business places and citizens comply with various municipal ordinances other than the State Sanitary Code, State Uniform Construction Code or any of its subcodes or the State Uniform Fire Code; does other related duties as required.
[Amended 8-28-2014 by Ord. No. 9-2014]
Conducts field inspections and special investigations to ensure compliance with various municipal ordinances. Initiates and enforces rules and regulations in relation to enforcement of various municipal ordinances. Initiates necessary legal action against violators of various municipal ordinances. Prepares needed reports. Establishes and maintains needed records and files. May assist in promulgation of municipal ordinances. Attends meetings of municipal agencies as requested. Appears and testifies in the Municipal Court or other appropriate boards and agencies to obtain compliance with all laws and ordinances. Establishes a schedule of proposed systematic inspection of all properties in the municipality, including interiors of businesses and multifamily premises as well as schools and places of worship and assembly. Submits monthly reports of inspections made, including names and addresses of owners, occupants or lessees of premises, dates of inspection, code violations found, if any, notices of violation served, complaints filed with courts or agencies and dates of compliance or disposition of cases. Coordinates inspections of occupancies requiring joint inspection with other public agencies such as the Health Department, Building Department, Police Department and other appropriate bodies and agencies. Attends public meetings when required of the Land Use Board and other appropriate boards and agencies. Prepares periodic reports of inspections and investigations. Establishes and maintains a complete and comprehensive record system of inspections. Inspects the interior and exterior of premises for safety hazards and unsightly or unsanitary conditions such as loose and overhanging objects, accumulation of ice, excavations, projections, obstructions and so forth. Inspects exterior porches, elevated patios, landings, balconies, stairs and fire escapes to see that they are in good condition. Inspects the exterior of structures to see that they are maintained in good repair and that they are free of broken glass, loose shingles, peeling paint, or crumbling stone, brick or cement. Inspects signs and outdoor light poles and stanchions for condition. Receives and responds to complaints of alleged violations of local zoning code. Conducts inspections of such sites and writes initial complaint and may refer matter to Zoning Officer. Advises owner or other person of violations to the zoning code. Receives complaints and inspects business premises for display of proper license, checks license to see if it is valid, and if no license is displayed or license validation has expired, issues a written notice of violation. In response to complaints, inspects sites where garbage, refuse and/or debris have accumulated and orders that matter be abated or issues notices of violation of local code pertaining to same. Will be required to learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or manual recording and computerized information systems used by the agency, office or related units.
Experience. One year of experience in conducting inspections or investigations to detect violations of and ensure compliance with laws, rules and regulations.
License. Appointees will be required to possess a driver's license valid in New Jersey only if the operation of a vehicle, rather than employee mobility, is necessary to perform essential duties of the position.
Knowledge and abilities. Knowledge of provisions of the municipal rules, regulations, policies, procedures and ordinances. Knowledge of problems involved in organizing work and developing effective work methods both in the field and in the office. Knowledge of procedures to be followed and precautions to be taken on observing and collecting facts which are significant in determining whether laws are being observed. Knowledge of inspection techniques and the writing of reports that substantiate findings and serve as a basis for legal proceedings. Ability to analyze, comprehend and interpret municipal rules, regulations, policies, procedures and ordinances and apply them to specific cases. Ability to note significant conditions and to take proper action when action is called for in accordance with prescribed procedures. Ability to make accurate observations and record conditions and abstract and note those things which are significant. Ability to make necessary inspections and investigations without giving unnecessary offense. Ability to take and maintain a firm, correct stand when controversial matters are considered. Ability to prepare clear, sound, accurate and informative reports containing findings, conclusions and recommendations. Ability to establish and maintain needed records and files. Ability to make evaluative judgments based on the application of statutory or regulatory provisions. Ability to learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or manual recording and information systems used by the agency, office or related units. Ability to read, write, speak, understand or communicate in English sufficiently to perform the duties of this position. American Sign Language or Braille may also be considered as acceptable forms of communication. Persons with mental or physical disabilities are eligible as long as they can perform the essential functions of the job after reasonable accommodation is made to their known limitations. If the accommodation cannot be made because it would cause the employer undue hardship, such persons may not be eligible.
The position of Code Enforcement Officer is and shall be construed to be a full-time position. The Code Enforcement Officer shall be required to appear for duty Monday through Friday of each and every week from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
The Code Enforcement Officer shall receive such salary as may be fixed by the City Council of the City of Egg Harbor City in the amounts and payable at the times as provided in the Municipal Salary Ordinance in effect, and as amended from time to time.