Recruitment #2304-4444-001


Located on the western shore of Lake Michigan, Milwaukee is an urban hub bursting with energy. Milwaukee provides a casual sophistication – big city appeal without the big city hassles. We are accessible and affordable, and our residents are welcoming. Milwaukee has evolved through the years, bringing together its unsurpassed historic charm with a breathtaking art museum, top-flight cultural attractions, professional sports, lakefront festivals, recreational opportunities, and great restaurants.

The City of Milwaukee is proud to employ a diverse workforce that is committed to providing exemplary service to the City’s residents. If you have a passion for being a part of an inclusive team of public servants, please consider the following opportunity.


The District Code Enforcement Supervisor directs, coordinates, develops, and supervises an inspection staff in the City of Milwaukee to ensure neighborhoods are maintained to prevent deterioration, while keeping and improving the health, safety, and overall quality of life for the residents and business owners and preserving property values.

Essential Functions

Code Enforcement Supervision

  • Plan, coordinate and supervise code enforcement staff in assigned areas and districts, documenting employee performance and preparing necessary reports.
  • Review paperwork, computer records and work in progress for adherence to department policies.
  • Conduct quality control reviews of new and existing staff, documenting employee performance and prepare necessary reports; take corrective action as necessary.
  • Coordinate and conduct training and educational programming for new hires and existing inspectional staff and temporary and intern inspectional staff.
  • Participate in hiring and selection process of new hires.


  • Develop plans of action using input from community groups, neighborhood organizations, aldermanic staff, Milwaukee Police Department (MPD), Department of Public Works (DPW), and others to plan and implement strategies to improve safety, quality of life and enhance property values.
  •  Represent the Department at public hearings, community meetings and other public forums.
  • Coordinate and implement programs such as Essential Services, Fire Inspection and Rent Withholding (among others).
  • Triage and action emergency and other priority complaints, including no-heats, aldermanic service requests, defective sewers and electrical violations (among others).
  • Prepare written and statistical reports on program accomplishments and policy matters.

We welcome qualified individuals with disabilities who are interested in employment and will make reasonable accommodations during the hiring process in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, as amended by the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008.

Conditions of Employment

The District Code Enforcement Supervisor must be willing and able to do the following:

  • Perform field work throughout Milwaukee.
  • Perform interior inspections on residential and commercial properties.
  • Comply with the departmental dress code.
  • Climb ladders, stoop, and bend.
  • Work outdoors in all weather conditions.

Minimum Requirements

  1. Bachelor’s degree in urban planning, architecture, engineering, natural science, or a related field from an accredited college or university.
  2. One year of code enforcement experience.
  3. Certification as a Fire Inspector I through the International Code Council (ICC) or above at the time of appointment and throughout employment.
  4. Certification as a Wisconsin Commercial Building Inspector, Wisconsin Uniform Dwelling Code (UBC) Construction Inspector, and Wisconsin UDC HVAC Inspector at time of appointment and throughout employment.
  5. Valid driver's license at time of application, throughout the selection process, and throughout employment, and the availability of a properly insured automobile for use on the job at time of appointment and throughout employment (private auto allowance may be paid pursuant to Section 350-183 of the Milwaukee Code).

Equivalent combinations of education and experience may also be considered. For example, an Associated degree in a related field and three years of code enforcement experience or five years of code enforcement experience may also be considered.

NOTICE: Please do not attach your academic transcripts to your employment application. The hiring department will verify candidates’ education as part of the background screening process prior to extending any job offers.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Lead worker or supervisory experience.
  • Conversational language proficiency in Spanish or Hmong.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Other Characteristics


  • Knowledge of building and construction principles, methods, and materials, including structural, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems.
  • Ability to read and interpret policies and procedures and technical material related to fire, electrical, plumbing, and HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) codes, real estate, and zoning.
  • Knowledge of codes such as the Milwaukee Code of Ordinances, Wisconsin Commercial Building Suite of Codes, International Fire Code, National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA) codes, and ICC’s occupancy classifications and code requirements pertaining to commercial occupancies.
  • Ability to interpret, apply, and explain different codes, such as nuisance, building, fire, and zoning codes.
  • Ability to read plans and blueprints.
  • Inspection skills to be able to assess building construction, plumbing, and electrical systems and building surroundings to gauge code compliance, determine habitability, and eliminate fire and safety hazards.
  • Ability to use job-related software applications and databases as well as laptop computers, digital cameras, and mobile phones.

Communication and Interpersonal

  • Verbal communication and presentation skills so as to clearly explain technical information to customers. 
  • Interpersonal skills and the ability to build effective working relationships with colleagues, senior managers, elected officials, representatives of City departments and other agencies, residents, property owners, and community groups.
  • Customer service skills, tact, and diplomacy to serve customers from all cultural, educational, and socioeconomic backgrounds professionally and appropriately.
  • Ability to be fair, persuasive, empathetic, and calm when working with people who may be upset.
  • Written communication skills to be able to create orders accurately and compose well-crafted correspondence and documentation.

Leadership and Management

  • Knowledge of leadership principles and best practices.
  • Supervisory skills, including coaching, counseling, and mentoring.
  • Ability to assign and direct work, assess performance, make hiring decisions, and take corrective action.
  • Ability to handle emergencies with a calm and thoughtful approach.
  • Ability to create and develop a diverse work team in which all members can reach their potential.
  • Ability to foster an environment of inclusion where in all employees are treated respectfully, are valued for their strengths, and feel that they can safely express themselves.

Critical Thinking and Professionalism

  • Attention to detail and organizational skills to maintain accurate records.
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills; ability to make independent decisions and exercise sound judgment.
  • Planning skills to be able to accomplish work under deadline; flexibility to adjust priorities as needed.
  • Ability to work efficiently and independently.
  • Ability to read maps, maintain situational awareness, and perform work in a safe manner.
  • Commitment to improving neighborhood conditions throughout the City of Milwaukee.
  • Honesty, integrity, and careful and responsible usage of organizational resources.

Current Salary

The current salary range (PAY RANGE 1EX) is $66,388-$85,151, and the current resident incentive salary range for City of Milwaukee residents is $68,379-$87,706. Appointment above the minimum is possible based upon level of experience and other qualifications and is subject to approval.

The City of Milwaukee provides a comprehensive benefit program that includes the following:

  • Defined Benefit Pension Plan
  • 457 Deferred Compensation Plan
  • Health and Dental Insurance
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Comprehensive Wellness Program
  • Onsite Clinic Services
  • Onsite Employee Assistance Program
  • Alternative Work Schedules
  • Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Group Life Insurance
  • Tuition Benefits
  • Paid Vacation
  • 12 Paid Holidays
  • Paid Sick Leave and other paid leaves
  • Flexible Spending Arrangement
  • Commuter Value Pass

For full details of the benefits offered by the City of Milwaukee, please visit https://city.milwaukee.gov/der/benefits.

Selection Process

THE SELECTION PROCESS will be job related and will consist of one or more of the following: an evaluation of education, experience and/or responses to supplemental questions; a written or performance test, a structured interview, or other assessment methods. The Department of Employee Relations reserves the right to call only the most qualified candidates to structured interviews and performance examinations. Structured interviews may include written exercises. Selection process component weights will be determined by further analysis of the job.

INITIAL FILING DATE - The selection process will be held as soon as practical after the deadline listed above. Receipt of applications may be discontinued at any time after this date without prior notice. However, recruitment may continue until the needs of the City have been met. Qualified applicants will be notified of the date, time, and place of the selection process components. Unless otherwise required by law, the City of Milwaukee will not provide alternative selection process dates or times. The applicant is responsible for attending all phases of the job selection process at the time and place designated by the City of Milwaukee.

Additional Information

  • APPLICATIONS and further information may be accessed by visiting www.jobapscloud.com/MIL.
  • Applications and transcripts should be submitted no later than the deadline listed above.
  • If you would like assistance completing an application, please contact the Department of Employee Relations at (414) 286-3751 or staffinginfo@milwaukee.gov.
  • The Department of Employee Relations is in City Hall, 200 E Wells St, Room 706, Milwaukee, WI 53202.


EEO Code = 104

The City of Milwaukee values and encourages diversity and is an equal opportunity employer.