City of Westbrook - Code Compliance Officer

DEPARTMENT:                      Planning & Code Enforcement Office

REPORTS TO:                         Director of Planning & Code Enforcement 

DATE:                                     March 13, 2019

FLSA DESIGNATION:             Non-exempt


Basic Purpose & Function


This position will serve in a variety of critical roles in support of code enforcement, law enforcement and general assistance.   Position reports to the Director of Planning and Code Enforcement, and day to day work will be directed by the Master Code Enforcement Officer.


The position will be the City’s principal investigator of problem properties throughout the City and will enforce relevant state statues, local ordinances, and the International Property Maintenance Code, in an effort to identify and resolve dangerous buildings, junk yards and other nuisance properties.


The position will also assist law enforcement with follow up on disorderly houses as defined by City Ordinance; will serve as a liaison with Westbrook Housing on issues of mutual concern; and will supplement the day to day work of our code enforcement officer, especially in the area of multi-family life safety inspections, Business Licensing, and Building Trade Inspections.


The position will assist our General Assistance office on issues of suspected welfare fraud and abuse, as needed.


Primary Duties & Responsibilities (Illustrative Only)


  • Inspects housing units to insure compliance with minimum standards for safety and health.
  • Proactively identifies and investigates problem properties in the city
  • Investigates neighborhood nuisance complaints
  • Investigates dangerous building complaints
  • Investigates junkyard complaints
  • Investigates recurring complaints involving subsidized housing
  • Investigates disorderly houses as identified by local law enforcement
  • Inspects living units in specific areas to assess overall condition of area housing, or to identify those requiring repair
  • Prepares accurate inspection/investigative reports that summarize general conditions and documents corrective action to be taken
  • Holds informal hearings with owners/managers to make them aware of problems and seek voluntary compliance with corrective action plans
  • Prosecutes housing violations civilly in cooperation with the City Attorney, or criminally in cooperation with the District Attorney’s Office
  • Conducts inspections of victualers licenses for businesses.
  • Assists Code Enforcement Department as needed
  • Assists Westbrook Public Safety Departments as needed
  • Assists Westbrook General Assistance Office as needed
  • Assists Westbrook Housing as needed
  • Perform related work as directed by the Director of Planning and Code Enforcement.


Education, Training & Experience


  • Some college level education is preferred.
  • Employment Eligibility is conditioned on acquiring the required licenses or certifications within 12 months of appointment.  Certifications currently held may be given higher preference. 
  • Demonstrated experience with enforcement, investigations, and report writing. 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience in building construction and maintenance trades. 
  • Prior experience in investigating and enforcing building codes, welfare fraud and nuisance complaints is preferred.


Additionally, the equivalent combination of education, training and experience that meets the following requirements:


Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


  • Substantive knowledge of building, electrical & plumbing construction, materials, methods and stages of construction.
  • Knowledge of methods and techniques for conducting inspections and investigations.
  • Knowledge and ability to properly interpret state statutes, building codes and ordinances.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, and the ability to follow through on jobs to their completion.
  • Ability to complete difficult inspection work and to deal fairly and effectively with the public.
  • Ability to recognize any condition hazardous to health and safety, and to determine appropriate corrective measures.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to establish effective working relationships with owners, tenants, property managers and other city officials under adverse or strained conditions.
  • Basic to intermediate skill and proficiency in necessary computer software/applications.
  • Must possess a valid State of Maine driver’s license and maintain a clean driving record.
  • State Certifications to be possessed within 12 months of appointment.
  • Ability and willingness to successfully complete any necessary training and maintain certifications.
  • To attain 80K certification within 12 months of appointment.


Physical and Mental Requirements


The physical and mental demands described are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this class.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Physical Demands:  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to feel objects, tools, or controls; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to sit and climb or balance. Sufficient speech and hearing is necessary to be able to communicate effectively by phone and in person.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 lbs. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and color vision.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in outside weather conditions and is regularly exposed to various types of weather conditions. The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts and is occasionally exposed to fumes. Office and inspection site environment; exposure to dust and noise; some climbing, stooping, light lifting and inspecting in confined areas.

Employee must be able to independently drive a motor vehicle.

  • Mental Demands:  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use written and oral communication skills; observe and interpret situations; read and interpret data, information and documents; analyze and solve complex problems; use math and mathematical reasoning; perform highly detailed work under changing, intensive deadlines, on multiple concurrent tasks; work with constant interruptions; and interact with staff, officials and the public.

Interested applicants should submit a resume and letter of interest to Debbie Comeau, HR Generalist, at by Friday, April 5, 2019.

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