Under direction, performs routine and non-routine inspections of existing building/structures and properties throughout the Village. Assures compliance with Village codes relating to housing, zoning, health and sanitation, and related ordinances. Cites violations, issues citations, and follows through until compliance is attained. Uses English/Spanish bilingual skills (if able) to work closely with tenants, property owners, and homeowner associations regarding code requirements. Assists police patrol division in support areas, both in the station and in the field, that do not require physical arrest, place the Community Service Officer in physical jeopardy due to lack of an appropriate weapon or training, and do not relate to crimes in progress. Performs duties in the enforcement of parking regulations, refuse and related health violations. May perform evidence technician and traffic investigation duties.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
Inspects residential and non-residential properties to include private homes, apartment buildings, condominiums, garages, businesses, as well as alleys, vacant lots, fire-damaged and abandoned structures, abandoned autos, illegal parking, garbage and health violations, and other violations to assure compliance with applicable Village codes/ordinances, local and national building and trade codes.
Cites violations and advises owners of acceptable remedies. Determines time allotted for repairs. Performs inspection to assure full compliance. Issues and serves abatement notices, 10-day warning tickets and long form complaints. Follows each incident through to ensure violators have taken corrective measures. Provides relevant testimony in court for cases requiring such action.
Makes recommendations regarding the safety and habitability of dwellings and structures. Refers owners/agents and cases to Village departments for services as needed. May refer tenants/owners to social services to address emergency shelter, social, mental and/or financial assistance needs. Initiates board-up.
Performs routine office work. Prepares correspondence and inspection reports, writes narratives, receives telephone calls, and responds to inquiries of a technical and non-technical nature regarding codes, ordinances, procedures, etc.
Although the primary function of this position is code enforcement, the incumbent may be assigned to perform the functions of a general community service officer as follows:
Performs community service activities. Responds to obvious or requested calls for assistance such as motorists with disabled vehicles, lockouts, animal problems, and parking problems.
Assists Patrol Officers by taking information and writing reports (both on the scene and at the police station) to include theft, burglary, vandalism, lost and found, minor traffic accidents, battery, malicious mischief and other criminal activity that is no longer in progress. Transports supplies to officers as necessary.
Serves as an evidence technician. Develops and lifts fingerprints. Photographs and/or sketches crime scenes for details of potential evidence. Independently identifies, gathers and transfers physical evidence to storage or crime laboratory preventing chain-of-custody contamination, destruction, or loss.
Assists in traffic control and public assistance in the field. Warns and directs traffic on streets and highways when accidents occur or as needed for non-functioning traffic lights, fallen traffic signs, and for special events requiring detouring and directing traffic. Provides directions or escorts citizens and visitors unfamiliar with the geographical layout of the Village and surrounding area. Performs school crossing guard duties in the absence of regularly assigned staff. Notifies Public Works Department of downed traffic signs, non-operational traffic lights, and streets in the need of repair.
Follows all safety regulations, policies and procedures. Reports all unsafe conditions and acts to supervisor. Reports all accidents to the supervisor immediately whenever possible, but no later than end of the employee's work shift. Follows recognized safe work practices.
Performs other duties as requested or assigned which are reasonably within the scope of the duties enumerated above.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, legal documents, safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to effectively present information, respond to common inquiries or complaints from residents, tenants, residential and business owners, regulatory agencies, Village officials and management, other government agencies, vendors, contractors, and the general public. English/Spanish fluency preferred but not required.
Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.
Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES
To successfully perform the duties of this position, the incumbent must possess the following skills and abilities: a working knowledge of the geographic layout of the Village and its traffic arteries; a working knowledge of the basic principles and techniques of the building trades; International Property Maintenance Code; and municipal codes, ordinances and regulations as they apply to the maintenance of existing buildings; the ability to detect violations of Village codes and take enforcement action firmly and impartially involving health and sanitation, and illegally parked or abandoned automobiles; interpret Village codes to property owners and the general public; testify in court accurately and succinctly.
EDUCATION &/OR EXPERIENCE:
Two years of college with preferred courses in building trades, code enforcement or related field; or two years of related work experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
Must possess the following certifications and/or licenses: Illinois Driver's License; and the ability to obtain certification as an I.C.C. (International Code Council) Property Maintenance and Housing Inspector and L.E.A.D.S. certification within 6 months of employment.
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.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand and walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls such as a radio, computer, or a steering wheel; reach with hands and arms to drive a motor vehicle and direct traffic; and talk or hear to be able to communicate with people and listen to conversations and complaints. The employee is occasionally required to balance or climb hills, and smell gases, or detect smoke. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 75 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.
The employee must be available and present for work as scheduled; be available for call-out 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; and perform all functions of the job safely and efficiently at all times in compliance with all safety regulations and policies for the safety and welfare of the employee, co-workers, and the public.
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 regularly works in outside weather conditions and exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, extreme cold, and extreme heat. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.