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TEST DATE: THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 2018 AT 9:30 A.M.
THE POSITION: The City of Los Banos is seeking an individual to fill the position of Code Enforcement Officer in the Police Department. Under direction of Police Commanders and/or Police Sergeants, this individual will perform a full range of services including monitoring and enforcing a variety of City building, zoning and land use codes, ordinances and regulations; conduct investigations; provide information on City regulations to homeowners, tenants and the public; enforce animal control licensing laws; and other duties as needed.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Must be age eighteen (18) or older at the time of application; High School Diploma or equivalent; must possess a valid, unrestricted Class C California driver license and a satisfactory driving record as determined by the City of Los Banos; Code Enforcement Officers performing Animal Control functions must possess a Certificate of Completion of Penal Code 832 Course in Arrest and Firearms issued by California Commission of Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) within one (1) year of assignment; and no record of arrest or conviction that may impair candidate’s ability to perform required duties.
DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Three (3) years of responsible investigative and code enforcement experience for a public agency and one (1) year of experience working with domestic animals in a public setting.
EXAMPLES OF IMPORTANT AND ESSENTIAL DUTIES: Reliable and dependable attendance and punctuality; Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other City employees and the public using principles of good customer service; Communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing; Perform other related duties as assigned.
Community Preservation Function: Receive, review and investigate complaints of non-compliance with City codes and ordinances; review documentation relating to property, including but not limited to, case files and maps; Identify corrective actions to be taken by homeowner; monitor corrections to ensure conformance with codes and regulations; prioritize and arrange action items in an equitable manner to encourage cooperation from owners and tenants; Conduct follow-up investigations to ensure compliance with law, code or ordinance; provide follow-up and regular inspection of projects under construction to ensure compliance with conditions of project approval; Provide information to violators and the general public regarding codes, laws and ordinances; Issue administrative warnings and citations and compliance letters; initiate criminal and civil complaints as necessary; Document and maintain records of code enforcement activities; Maintain complaint database and accurate code violation records; Research, analyze and interpret City Zoning Ordinances, Subdivision Codes, and building permits; Prepare and present information before the Planning Commission, City Council and State and regional boards; Perform title searches; Coordinate investigations with appropriate Public Safety Department; Assist with the development of policies and procedures related to code enforcement; Prepare a variety of written reports, memos and correspondence.
Animal Control Function: Patrol City streets, roads and parks; search for stray or abandoned animals; capture and confine animals using appropriate procedures; impound and quarantine animals, as appropriate; enforce City animal control and licensing laws; issue citations for violations of animal control and licensing ordinances; Investigate reports or complaints of dogs, cats or other animals creating nuisances; use tactical communication style to de-escalate situations and use mediation techniques to reconcile various complaints; Investigate reports of animal cruelty or abuse, and take appropriate action; Administer vaccines and provide first aid medical treatment to animals; euthanize severely injured animals; Write incident reports, gather evidence, prepare and present cases at administrative hearings; prepare and maintain a variety of records and reports; maintain inventories of medications supplies; Maintain contact with citizens regarding animal control issues and problems and preserve good relationships with the general public; explain ordinances relating to the care and keeping of animals to the public; conduct educational seminars and presentations to promote and provide education to the public regarding the keeping and caring of pets; May assist Police Officers on high risk operations including dynamic and tactical entries, searches, and in serving arrest warrants, when vicious dogs may be present; Receive and develop appropriate solutions for animal service requests; Effectively maintain and operate the City’s Animal Shelter; Document and maintain records of animal control activities.
Knowledge of: Principles, practices, methods and techniques of code enforcement, humane apprehension and care of animals; Land use laws, City codes, ordinances, laws and regulations pertaining to health and safety; Basic principles, practices and techniques of building and safety inspection; General City services and municipal organizational structure as they relate to code enforcement; Legal terminology, forms and procedures; Principles of identification, preservation and presentation of evidence; Safe and efficient work practices as they relate to code enforcement; Principles and practices of humane apprehension and care of animals; Equipment and methods used to capture and restrain animals; Physical and behavioral characteristics of common breeds of domestic animals; Police protocols and standard operating procedures; Pertinent local, State and Federal laws, ordinances and rules; Techniques involved in public relations and conflict resolution.
Ability to: Plan and conduct investigations and enforcement action for planning, land use, zoning, and subdivision laws, codes ordinances and regulations; On a continuous basis, know and understand all aspects of the job; prepare reports; know, understand, interpret, and explain department and program policies, procedures, rules, codes, laws and operational procedures; observe, analyze, evaluate and solve code enforcement problems/issues, taking appropriate course of action; remember various inspection rules and codes; Intermittently, sit at a desk while studying or preparing reports; twist to reach equipment or materials; stand, walk, balance, stoop, kneel, climb, crawl, and bend while performing inspection duties; perform simple grasping and fine manipulations; use telephone, and write or use keyboard to communicate through written means and lift or carry weight of 50 pounds or less; Interpret, apply, and enforce pertinent codes, ordinances, laws and regulations with impartiality and efficiency, inspecting and identifying violations of code; Gather, organize, analyze and present a variety of data and information; Effectively represent the City in land use investigations and enforcement functions with Courts, the public and other governmental agencies; Understand the interaction between the public and elected officials; Maintain and update records, logs and reports; Respond to inquiries, complaints and requests for service in a fair, tactful and firm manner; Organize and maintain records; meet deadlines; Work independently; Operate modern office equipment and digital camera and photo software; Understand and follow both oral and written instructions; Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work; Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; Enforce animal regulations and ordinances; On a continuous basis, know and understand all aspects of an Animal Control Officer's job; intermittently analyze work papers, reports and special projects; remember accounts given by witnesses; interpret and apply the law to field situations; problem solve crime and abuse situations; and explain law to public; On an intermittent basis, sit at desk or in patrol vehicle; walk and stand during patrol activities; bend, squat and kneel during examination and restraint of animals; climb stairs and/or ladders while in the field; twist while restraining animals; perform simple and power grasping, pushing, pulling, and fine manipulation; continuously wearing utility belt and other equipment of 30 pounds; and intermittently carry weight of 100 pounds or less; Identify symptoms of common animal diseases; Administer humane euthanasia to animals, as necessary; Conduct thorough investigations including, but not limited to, animal abuse and cruelty cases; Use and care for firearms; Safely handle and detain animals; Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work; Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.