State of Maryland


- Hourly / - BiWeekly /
- Monthly / $44,106.00-$70,201.00 Yearly






A Compliance Inspector Supervisor Comptroller is the supervisory level of inspection, investigation and enforcement work in the Field Enforcement Division of the Comptroller of Maryland.  Employees in this classification are responsible for assessing compliance with revenue, business and environmental laws and regulations pertaining to motor fuels, transient and fixed vendors, alcoholic beverages, tobacco products and sales and use taxes through such means as tests of fuel coloration and quality and inspections of documents, vehicles, tax stamps and seals.   Employees in this classification supervise lower-level Compliance Inspectors.

Employees in this classification receive general supervision from a designated  administrator.  Employees are required to travel extensively throughout the State and may perform inspections outdoors and may be exposed to hostile weather conditions and potentially hazardous fumes from motor fuels.  Employees may be required to perform work outside of regular work hours.

Positions in this classification are evaluated using the classification job evaluation methodology.  The use of this method involves comparing the assigned duties and responsibilities of a position to the job criteria found in the Nature of Work and Examples of Work sections of the class specification.

The Compliance Inspector Supervisor Comptroller is differentiated from the Compliance Inspector II Comptroller in that the Compliance Inspector Supervisor Comptroller has supervisory responsibility for lower-level Compliance Inspectors while the Compliance Inspector II Comptroller performs the full range of duties and responsibilities under general supervision.


Supervises and coordinates the work of lower-level Compliance Inspectors who are engaged in inspecting petroleum products, tobacco products, alcoholic beverages, licenses, tax records, invoices and other documents for the purpose of assessing compliance with federal and State laws and regulations;

Trains, updates and advises subordinates regarding relevant laws and regulations and the techniques of examining, investigating, reporting and collecting information pertaining to inspection and security matters;

Reviews audit, inspection and security reports and correspondence prepared by subordinates, evaluates them for conformity with laws, policy and precedent and recommends corrective action;

Assists unit administrators in planning, implementing and coordinating field and laboratory programs, policies and procedures and in evaluating the results;

Advises representatives of oil companies and retailers regarding options for the settlement of issues arising from inspections and investigations;

Provides assistance to vendors and their representatives in developing and revising methods and procedures to facilitate the documentation and reporting of required information and advises them on changes in laws, rules and regulations;

Provides information for and reviews case reports prepared for litigation and at times prepares necessary violation reports for appropriate criminal and administrative charges;

Testifies in court concerning inspections and investigations;

Authorizes and reviews confiscations of alcoholic beverages, motor fuel and tobacco products by lower-level Compliance Inspectors;

Performs on-site inspections of fuel to assess by coloration and of tax stamps to assess by detail variation if products have been distributed and sold according to regulations;

Provides supervision and administrative direction in the investigation of criminal and regulatory activities involving alcohol, tobacco products, motor fuels, transient vendors and taxes administered by the Comptroller of Maryland;

Supervises and participates in undercover and surveillance operations;

Performs the work of lower-level Compliance Inspectors as needed;

May interact with violators and purchase contraband for use as evidence;

Performs other related duties.


Knowledge of inspection and investigation techniques and skills;

Knowledge of the revenue laws, rules, regulations and procedures pertaining to transient vendors and to the sale of motor fuels, tobacco products and alcoholic beverages;

Knowledge of petroleum, tobacco and alcohol industries, including distribution and transportation systems, policies, practices and procedures;

Knowledge of the procedures for the proper handling and transporting of samples collected;

Skill in preparation and interpretation of narrative reports, auditing reports and activity logs, and preparation of violation reports;

Skill in communicating effectively with petroleum industry owners, managers, technicians, federal and State personnel and the general public;

Skill in reading meters and using specialized sampling equipment;

Skill in calculating and collecting tax receipts;

Ability to supervise and coordinate the work of subordinates;

Ability to interpret and apply rules, regulations and procedures of the inspection unit;

Ability to interpret, analyze and evaluate narrative and auditing reports prepared by subordinates;

Ability to correctly distinguish color and detail variations in order to discover fraudulent practices such as the use of improper stamps or dyed fuels;

Ability to testify in a court of law and administrative hearings regarding inspections and investigations.


Education:   Graduation from an accredited high school or possession of a high school equivalency certificate.

Experience: Three years of experience in the inspection and investigation of compliance with laws and regulations regarding sales and use taxes, transient vendors and the sale and distribution of petroleum products, alcoholic beverages and tobacco products for a regulatory government agency.


1. Candidates may substitute one year of experience in general inspection or investigation work or in administering the transportation, distribution or sale of petroleum products, alcoholic beverages or tobacco products for each six months of the required experience.

2. Candidates may substitute additional experience inspecting the sale and distribution of petroleum products, alcoholic beverages and tobacco products to assess compliance with tax and other laws and regulations for a regulatory government agency on a year-for-year basis for the required education.

3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a non-commissioned officer in general inspection, investigation, enforcement, and compliance classification or general inspection, investigation, enforcement, and compliance specialty codes in the logistics field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience. 


Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator’s license valid in the State of Maryland.


Class specifications are broad descriptions covering groups of positions used by various State departments and agencies. Position descriptions maintained by the using department or agency specifically address the essential job functions of each position.

This is a Skilled Service classification in the State Personnel Management System.  All positions in this classification are Skilled Service positions.  Some positions in Skilled Service classifications may be designated Special Appointment in accordance with the State Personnel and Pensions Article, Section 6-405, Annotated Code of Maryland.

This classification is not assigned to a bargaining unit, as indicated by the designation of S (Supervisor), M (Manager), T (Agency Head), U (Board or Commission Member), W (Student), X (Used by Agency or Excluded by Executive Order), or Z (Confidential).  As provided by State Personnel and Pensions Article, Section 3-102, special appointment, temporary, contractual, supervisory, managerial and confidential employees are excluded collective bargaining.  Additionally, certain executive branch agencies are exempt from collective bargaining and all positions in those agencies are excluded from collective bargaining.

Employees in this classification are eligible to receive overtime compensation.  An employee who works more than the normal workweek is entitled to be compensated for that overtime, as provided by the State Personnel and Pensions Article, Section 8-305.

Date Revised

May 4, 2018 

Approved By

Director, Division of Classification and Salary

CLASS: 002458; EST: ; REV: 8/1/2014;

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