Senior Code Enforcement Officer (#RE4003)
$35.52-$43.18 Hourly / $6,157.15-$7,484.06 Monthly / $73,885.88-$89,808.75 Yearly


Under general supervision, performs supervisory code enforcement work to ensure compliance with state, local, municipal codes and ordinances pertaining to nuisance abatement, substandard housing, dangerous building and zoning violations, building code violations, land use violations, and abandoned vehicle enforcement programs; and does related or other work in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


This is the supervisory level in the Code Enforcement Officer series. An employee of this class is responsible for planning and supervising code enforcement activities in the Community Development Department and for participating in the most complex inspections and investigations to ensure compliance with state and local codes and requirements.


  • Assigns, supervises, reviews and evaluates the caseload work of staff engaged in code enforcement activities; trains and oversees education activities for code enforcement staff.
  • Organizes work flow; establishes priorities; assigns and monitors cases to maintain a balanced workload among enforcement staff; ensures that compliance and court deadlines are met.
  • Establishes and maintains an automated tracking system for code violations inspected by enforcement staff; designs procedures for efficient processing and follow-through of inspections; participates in fee study review and billing protocols.
  • Receives and responds to complaints from citizens and other sources regarding nuisance abatement, substandard housing, dangerous buildings, building code violations, abandoned vehicle and zoning violations.  
  • Receives and assigns complaints for substandard housing, dangerous buildings, commercial and modular buildings, mobile homes and recreational vehicles for health and safety violations and building violations; process and post notices of violation and/or unsafe to occupy, notice to secure and notice to vacate.
  • Supervises and participates in the preparation of cases for court hearings including documentation of the County’s position; testifies at court trials and administrative proceedings.
  • Supervises and participates in the most complex field inspections; photographs violations, issues citations, determines action necessary for compliance, and follows up to ensure compliance; may conduct joint inspections of property with Public and Environmental Health, state and local fire prevention personnel, and state and local law enforcement agencies and associated task force teams.
  • Establishes protocols, policies and procedures applicable to code enforcement operations, substandard housing and building violations.
  • Coordinates and conducts meetings, community outreach efforts, activities and special code enforcement projects with county departments and other agencies; serves as a lead coordinator for joint community task force initiatives and meetings related to code enforcement.
  • Prepares correspondence and reports and participates in public meetings.


Experience: One year as a Code Enforcement Officer II in San Joaquin County. 

Education: Completion of 60 semester units from an accredited college or university with major coursework in the social or behavioral sciences or related field. 

Experience: Two years of progressively responsible experience in public agency code enforcement, including at least one year at a level comparable or higher than Code Enforcement Officer II in San Joaquin County. 

Substitution: Additional experience enforcing administrative rules and regulations which involved field investigations, responsibility for taking legal enforcement actions and substantial public contact may be substituted for the required education on a year-for year basis up to two years. 

Certificate: Possession of a current Certified Code Enforcement Officer Certificate issued by the California Association of Code Enforcement Officials, OR current certification issued by the International Code Council (ICC) in at least one of the following Certified Code Safety Professional Exam fields: Property Maintenance and House Inspector, Zoning Inspector, Commercial Building Inspector or Residential Building Inspector. 

Special Requirement: Must possess a valid Penal Code (PC) 832 Arrest, Search & Seizure Certificate. 

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


Principles and practices of supervision and training, code enforcement and public contact work; methods of conducting office and field investigations regarding violations of ordinances and codes; methods and techniques used in researching ordinances and history of ordinances, property ownership and zoning.


Assign, train, supervise and evaluate staff; interpret regulations, ordinances, codes and administrative procedures and enforce same with impartiality; perform code enforcement field inspections and investigations; establish and maintain effective working relationships with property owners, vehicle owners and the public; handle difficult contact situations with tact; express oneself clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; prepare records, correspondence and reports.


Mobility-Frequent operation of keyboards, sitting for long periods, driving; occasional standing for long periods, walking, pushing/pulling, bending/squatting, climbing ladders/stairs; Lifting-Frequently 5 lbs or less; occasionally 5-30 lbs; Visual-Frequent good overall vision, reading/close up work, and peripheral vision required; Dexterity-Frequent repetitive motion and writing; Hearing/Talking-Frequent hearing normal speech, hearing on the telephone/radio, talking in person and talking on the telephone; Emotional/Psychological-Frequent public contact, decision making, concentration and working alone; occasional emergency situations, exposure to trauma/grief, working weekends/nights and overtime/travel; Environmental-Occasional exposure to noise, dirt, dust, smoke, fumes, outdoor weather conditions.

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

CLASS: RE4003; EST: 1/14/1987; REV: 11/10/2021;