Code Enforcement Officer I/II Job at Fairfield, Solano County, California

Code Enforcement Officer I/II

City of Fairfield , California

Job Information 



Mid Level


$60,253.44 - $73,238.88 Annually

Application Deadline 


01/25/2021 05:00 PM PST

Recruitment Type 

Open Competitive


To perform a variety of field and office tasks related to investigating, inspecting, and ensuring compliance of nuisance, zoning, planning, building, storm water, community preservation and abatement regulations and codes.

Tentative Interview Date:  Week of February 8, 2021

Why the City of Fairfield is a great place to work!

Work will include both office and field activities. Field activities may include exposure to outdoor elements and confined work spaces, dust, electrical hazards, chemicals, dust and mechanical hazards. Required to work in all weather conditions and drive a motor vehicle to travel to and from sites. May deal frequently with irate members of the public. Night, weekend or extended hours of work may also be involved.

Work may include prolonged walking and standing, some climbing, stooping, reaching, light to moderate lifting (up to 25 pounds) and inspecting in confined areas. Manual dexterity, clear, understandable speech, hearing, and visual acuity are also required. Employees will be required to wear personal protective gear that includes a ballistic vest, duty belt, and pepper spray.

The Code Enforcement Officer I is the entry-level class in the Code Enforcement series. This class is distinguished from the journey level by the performance of the more routine tasks and duties assigned to positions within this series. Employees at this level are not expected to perform with the same independence of direction and judgment on matters allocated to the journey level.

The Code Enforcement Officer II is the full journey level class within the Code Enforcement series. This class is distinguished from the Code Enforcement Officer I by the assignment of the full range of duties. Employees at this level receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise.

The Code Enforcement Officer I receives immediate supervision from the Code Enforcement Supervisor.

The Code Enforcement Officer II receives general supervision from the Code Enforcement Supervisor. Exercises oversight and training to subordinate or part-time code enforcement staff.

Minimum Qualifications

Code Enforcement Officer I: 

Three (3) years of increasingly responsible experience dealing with the public, identifying and resolving problems encountered by individuals or community groups is required; including experience related to inspections, investigations and interpreting regulatory codes is highly desirable.

Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade is required.

Code Enforcement Officer II: 
Two (2) years experience and demonstrated competency equivalent to a Code Enforcement Officer I are required.

Education equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade, supplemented by additional vocational training or related college course work in Code Enforcement is required.

Code Enforcement Officer I:
Possession of and the ability to maintain a valid Class C California Driver's License are required.

Code Enforcement Officer II:
In addition to the qualifications for Code Enforcement Officer I:

Certification by a recognized code enforcement organization or program is highly desirable.

832 P.C. training and/or certificate is highly desirable.

Examples of Duties

A sample of responsibilities for this position are listed below.  For the complete job description please visit:

Perform a variety of field and office work in support of the City's code enforcement program;
enforce compliance with City regulations and ordinances including those pertaining to zoning, land use, nuisance, housing and building codes, health and safety, blight, graffiti, and other matters of public concern.

Receive and respond to complaints on alleged violations of City code violations (i.e. substandard dwellings or structures, zoning violations, debris, unsanitary conditions, abandoned or inoperative vehicles, overgrown vegetation); interview complainant and witnesses; conduct investigations and provide recommendations for resolution.

Initiate investigations as necessary for observed violations; prepare and issue citations and other notices that outline proper repair, correction methods, time limits, permits and all necessary remedial work required; post notices relating to required abatements; carry negligent cases through prosecution in situations of non-compliance.

Prepare evidence in support of legal actions taken by the City; appear in court as necessary; testify at hearings and in court proceedings as required.

Cite vehicles and coordinate the removal of abandoned and illegally parked vehicles;
maintain reports on vehicle towing activities.

Maintain accurate documentation and case files on all investigations, inspections, enforcement
actions, and other job related activities including accurate and detailed information regarding code enforcement activity to substantiate violations.

Prepare a variety of written reports, memos, and correspondence related to enforcement activities.

Patrol assigned area in a City vehicle to identify and evaluate problem areas and/or ordinance
violations; determine proper method to resolve violations.

Provide information and education to the community and city employees about city codes as they pertain to nuisance and zoning code enforcement.

May be required to make presentations at City Council meetings.

Process permit applications; provide recommendations and data to police administration and patrol regarding status of permits, upcoming special events, and permit violators.

Participate in comprehensive team approach to the improvement of targeted neighborhoods in the City and initiate cost recovery measures to recover abatement costs.

May represent Police Department at committee meetings with other City departments, civic organizations, and allied agencies.


Knowledge & Abilities

Knowledge of:
Principles and practices of enforcing various municipal codes.

Applicable laws, ordinances and codes.

Methods of investigation utilized in code enforcement activities.

Equipment used in modern offices including computers and software.

Methods and techniques for record keeping and report writing.

Appropriate safety, hazardous materials and fire prevention techniques and requirements.

Basic terminology used in zoning, housing, fire codes, landlord/tenant law, and inspection warrants.

Regulations and requirements for report writing and court evidence documentation.

Ability to:
Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

Work cooperatively with other departments, outside agencies and the general public.

Facilitate appropriate corrective action from property owners regarding violations.

Observe safety principles.

Exercise sound independent judgment and discretion within established guidelines.

Tactfully enforce applicable laws and regulations, including resolving conflicts and problems; maintain professional demeanor when resolving difficult cases.

 Based on the information provided in the application documents, the best-qualified applicants will be invited for further examination. All applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination. Depending upon the number of applications received, the examination may consist of an application screening, written and/or practical exam, oral interview, or any combination. This position requires a thorough background investigation, polygraph, and response to a medical questionnaire prior to appointment. A pre-employment medical exam may also be required.



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