Code Enforcement Division Chief (#EE4010)
$70.02-$85.10 Hourly / $12,135.97-$14,751.35 Monthly / $145,631.72-$177,016.26 Yearly


Under general direction, assists the Director of Community Development in the administration and coordination of the Code Enforcement Division; acts in the absence of the Director of Community Development on code enforcement related matters; performs related work as required.


This single incumbent class is exempt from the San Joaquin County Civil Service system and is an “at-will” position. The incumbent of this class is responsible for independently planning, organizing, directing, and monitoring all programs and activities of the Code Enforcement Division.


This specification is a general guideline for the class. The statements below are not restrictive, and the responsibilities and duties assigned to a position in this class may expand beyond those identified in this specification.
  • Plans, organizes, and directs, the activities and staff of the code enforcement division; assigns, trains and develops the training program, supervises, reviews and evaluates the work of subordinate staff through division manager and supervisors; ensures adequate staffing levels.
  • Develops the overall code enforcement division structure, oversees the development of policies and procedures related to gaining compliance with and enforcement of codes, establishes procedures for activities, interprets and executes policies and procedures to staff, agencies and members of the public; creates new and reviews and revises policies in response to changes in laws and regulations, changes in county codes, or from input from county staff and members of the public; plans and implements changes to improve operational efficiency.
  • Attends appeal hearings depositions and court hearings as the department representative; assists Code Enforcement staff to prepare factual presentations of cases; explains codes, policies, procedures and regulations and represents the department position. Develops the administrative hearing and hearing officer programs, fines and penalties programs; and provides support and training to subordinate staff with regard to these programs.
  • Works closely with County Counsel on Compliance Agreements, oversees the negotiation agreements with violators, works with staff to prepare agreements using approved templates and review before submittal to Director for final approval, monitors adherence to terms of Compliance Agreements and refers to County Counsel or the District Attorney if not in compliance.
  • Interprets federal, state, and county laws and regulations; reviews and analyzes approved legislation and recommends implementation of new discretionary programs and implements mandated changes; ensures that inspectors are informed and trained on changes in laws or enforcement practices. Participates in the legislative process as the lead over code enforcement industry changes.
  • Manages and projects division budget needs and costs; administers budget, moves funding as required to remain within allocation; oversees the development of ordinances, resolutions, grant applications, agreements and other legal documents affecting code enforcement.
  • Develops and coordinates community participation programs; chairs subcommittees and multi-agency task forces; coordinates special projects and advises the Director on matters with the scope of assigned programs.
  • Participates in strategic planning for department, identifies trends in code enforcement, anticipates changes in needs, identifies staff and funding needed to meet anticipated needs.
  • Represents code enforcement to the media, county agencies, fire districts, community organizations and members of the public; coordinates community events.
  • Oversees the preparation of staff reports and agenda items for Board of Housing Appeals, Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors and presents at meetings.


Education: Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a major in Planning, Business or Public Administration, Construction, Criminal Justice, Social Sciences or related field. 

Experience: Eight years in planning/zoning, building inspection, code enforcement or related regulatory field; four years of which must have been in a supervisory capacity or higher. 

Certification: Must possess a valid Penal Code (PC) 832 Arrest, Search & Seizure Certificate within twelve months of appointment. 

License: Possession of a valid California driver’s license.


Principles and practices of management and organizational theory, including planning, organizational design, business finance, development, project management, and organizational effectiveness; principles and practices of supervision, discipline, leadership, mentoring, training and development; principles of public administration and government budget development; applicable state, federal and county laws, codes and regulations; criminal and civil laws, legal processes and court procedures relating to code enforcement; techniques of code enforcement, investigation, inspection and interviewing; principles of negotiating and reaching agreement; conflict resolution techniques; basic public relations; report writing practices.


Plan, organize, manage and evaluate a code enforcement division; supervise, train, develop and motivate staff; interpret, enforce and apply state regulations and County Ordinance codes governing code enforcement, building, land use, waste management, zoning, housing, vehicle and nuisance abatement codes; demonstrate sensitivity and astuteness in political situations; develop alternatives/resolutions to complex code enforcement issues; anticipate and address public image, liability or other issues that may impact the division; prepare concise correspondence and reports; read, understand, and interpret job related material, including technical and legal publications; make decisions on complex enforcement problems in accordance with established policies and procedures; establish and oversee program objectives, priorities and policies; consult with and advise top administrators on the activities and status of code enforcement; develop long and short range plans by analyzing information, issues, and challenges in order to assure maximum community investment; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.


Mobility--Frequent operation of data entry device; occasionally standing, walking, crawling, bending/squatting, climbing ladders and stairs; frequent driving and sitting may be required; Lifting--occasionally lifting 5 to 70 pounds; Vision--frequent hand-eye coordination, depth perception, reading and close-up work; Dexterity--normal dexterity with occasional writing; Hearing/Talking--constant hearing and talking on the telephone/radio and in person; Emotional/Psychological--constant public contact and decision making with frequent concentration required; Special Requirements--may occasionally work weekends/nights; may be required to travel; Environmental Conditions--occasional exposure to noise and occasional expose to hazardous materials, dust, smoke, fumes, poor ventilation and changing indoor/outdoor conditions.

San Joaquin County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and, upon request, will consider reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

CLASS: EE4010; EST: 3/22/2022;