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Code Enforcement Officer 

Category Community Development  

Hiring Pay Range: $23.45 - $29.31/hr

Full Pay Range: $23.45 -$35.18/hr

General Purpose:

Perform a variety of routine and complex work in the interpretation and enforcement of adopted codes and related rules and regulations.

Essential Functions:

(These duties are a representative sample; position assignments and detailed work instructions may vary.)

  1. Responds to complaints of potential zoning and building code violations including but not limited to signage, building occupancy, nuisances, construction, land use, zoning, animals, noise, dumping, clearing, grading, filling or other code-related matters.
  2. Conducts field investigations of potential violations. Gathers evidence, questions or interrogates complainants, witnesses and suspects. Compares facts to code requirements.
  3. Meets with owners, tenants, contractors, developers, businesses, etc. to review and explain code requirements and violations or potential violations. Secures code compliance issues.
  4. Drafts and distributes a variety of correspondence, memoranda, notices and reports relating to code enforcement issues and actions.
  5. Provides information to persons who request information or assistance in code enforcement-related matters.
  6. Maintains a variety of logs and records related to enforcement activities. Prepares recommendations for amendments and additions to codes and regulations which relate to the position.
  7. Coordinates efforts with the police, fire, planning, building and related departments, prosecuting attorney and other staff or agencies, as needed.
  8. Prepares detailed reports of activities and investigations made. Consults with prosecutors and prepares case report for court action. Testifies in court. Assists in obtaining, enhancing, preparing or presenting exhibits or other evidence in court as required.
  9. Drives vehicle to perform one or more essential functions.
  10. Reviews all work products to ensure highest level of quality and service.
  11. Performs other duties of a similar or related level as necessary or assigned.
Position Requirements

Minimum Education: High school diploma or equivalent.

Minimum Experience: 2 years experience related to inspection, law enforcement, building inspection, land use, public administration or related field or any equivalent combination of education, formal training and work experience.

Licenses/Certifications: CACEO certifications for code enforcement preferred; Valid driver’s license.


Job Qualifications:

Knowledge of:

  1. Relevant Federal, state and local laws, rules, regulations, codes and/or statutes.
  2. Code enforcement principles, practices and methods as applicable to a rural setting.
  3. Inspection techniques.
  4. Modern office processes and procedures.
  5. Relevant computer hardware and software applications.
  6. Basic math skills


Ability to:

  1. Speak, read and write the English language.
  2. Communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
  3. Follow verbal and written instructions.
  4. Interpret a variety of instructions with abstract and/or complex variables.
  5. Prepare, organize and maintain inspection field data, reports and systems.
  6. Analyze complex situations, problems and data, and use sound judgment in drawing conclusions and making decisions.
  7. Comprehend and articulate complex facts and relationships in detail.
  8. Testify in court in an objective, concise and professional manner.
  9. Produce or obtain reports, graphs, charts, photographs for evidence or exhibits.
  10. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with citizens, employees, supervisors and the general public.
  11. Effectively and efficiently provide customer service to the public.
  12. Handle stressful situations in a professional manner, including angry or difficult individuals.
  13. Understand and practice safety procedures and precautions.
  14. Maintain a high level of professionalism and confidentiality.


Internal & External Contacts:

Internal Contacts:

Frequently interacts with other Department/Office employees.


External Contacts:

Frequently interacts with the general public; occasionally interacts with owners, tenants, contractors, developers, businesses, courts, police and fire departments, complainants, prosecuting attorneys, witnesses, suspects and agencies.


Physical Activities and Work Environment:

The physical activities and work environment 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 otherwise qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.


Required Physical Activities:

While performing the essential functions of this job the employee is frequently required to sit, talk, hear, stand, walk, bend, stoop, kneel; occasionally required to climb, balance, crouch and crawl; is frequently required to lift up to 10 pounds; is occasionally required to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds; is occasionally required to maintain body balance while ascending or descending ladders or open stairs, and to maintain body equilibrium while bending at the waist or at the knees. The employee is routinely required to work with the hand or hands in handling, seizing, holding, or grasping motions and with the fingers in fingering, picking and pinching actions. Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.


Work Environment:

While performing the essential functions of this job, the employee is often exposed to outdoor weather conditions. The employee is occasionally exposed to the possibility of bodily injury from electrical shock or mechanical hazard. The employee occasionally works in and around ongoing construction; and occasionally is exposed to contact with animals.

The noise level in the indoor work environment is moderate; the outdoor environment can occasionally be extremely loud. There are frequent interruptions and multiple demands.


Required Travel:

The employee is frequently required to travel to various locations throughout the County.


Computers and Office Equipment:

Computer and relevant software applications; telephone system; facsimile; scanner; postage machine; copier; scanner; shredder; digital camera; VCR.


THIS JOB DESCRIPTION DOES NOT CONSTITUTE AN EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT. Nothing in this job description restricts Garfield County’s ability to assign, reassign or eliminate duties and responsibilities of this job at any time. It does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned. This job description describes the County’s current assignment of essential functions. Those functions may change at any time as the needs of the County change or for other reasons deemed appropriate by the County.

Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Location Glenwood Springs, Colorado  
Benefit Information To review our benefit package, please visit  
Hiring Range $23.45 - $29.31/hr  
Full Pay Range $23.45 - $35.18/hr  
Driving Classification Essential  
Number of Openings 1  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  
Req Number COM-22-00003  
Open Date 9/12/2022  
About the Organization Garfield County, Colorado consists of rugged alpine vistas and high desert mountains in the Rocky Mountain region, which dwells along the Continental Divide. Garfield County is located in western Colorado, where outdoor recreation opportunities abound, including hunting, fishing, hiking, rafting and kayaking, biking, skiing and snowboarding. It is home to the second largest designated wilderness area in Colorado - the Flattops Wilderness, the world's largest mineral hot springs pool, a popular family ski resort, and Hanging Lake, designated as a National Natural Landmark by the Secretary of the Interior in 2011.  
EOE Statement Garfield County is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  

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