City of Tampa

Construction Fraud Investigator (#251200) 032

$29.24-$41.67 Hourly / $5,068.27-$7,222.80 Monthly / $60,819.20-$86,673.60 Yearly


Introduction

This is technical, investigative and administrative work involving construction complaints and code violations.  Bargaining unit position.

Nature Of Work

An employee in this class is responsible for technical investigative, administrative and public contact duties of more than average difficulty relative to researching complaints and possible code violations. Major duties include receiving public complaints, investigating possible violations, and processing complaint cases and citations for presentation to the Hillsborough County Boards of Adjustment, Appeals and Examiners, Code Enforcement Board, and County Court. Employees must be tactful and courteous as extensive public contact with contractors, property owners, and others is involved. Although under general supervision, many of the assigned tasks are performed in the field and may be performed at night and on weekends when no supervisor is readily available; therefore, the exercise of reasonable initiative and independent judgement is required. Work is reviewed through observation, periodic conferences, checks of submitted documentation, and results obtained.

Examples of Duties

Investigates or assists in investigation on all fraud related cases.

Investigates various complaints regarding possible code violations; checks to see that persons performing work are properly licensed and have received necessary permits; interviews and obtains statements from both complainants and witnesses concerning violation; informs appropriate parties of violations and corrective action needed.

Assists in conducting background checks on contractors hired to conduct work in a city secure facility.

Files summons for building, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, and site violations and appears in court as required; performs follow-up research concerning compliance as appropriate, or as directed by court.

Answers public inquiries concerning ordinances and statutes in relation to specific situations; attends meetings of regional, state and local agencies, and organizations to discuss and gather job-related information; conducts and participates in meetings, workshops and seminars; conducts orientations, basic on-the-job and/or specific project training.

Performs damage assessment and habitability inspections of both commercial and residential buildings as part of the City’s emergency response and recovery responsibilities.

Records and photographs detected violations to document for future action; researches files including computer files and other records for needed information; prepares and presents oral reports to present findings, recommendations, etc.; maintains daily/monthly logs.

Orders cease in operations if installations or operations do not conform to applicable codes or if proper licenses and permits are not obtained; issues citations/notices for violations of ordinances in order to achieve compliance.

Takes statements from witnesses and gathers other information in order to prosecute violators; confers with legal staff in order to secure opinions for use in legal proceedings.

Operates lightweight motor vehicle to travel among work locations; performs tasks requiring moderate physical exertion, including climbing ladders, scaffolds, etc.

Operates and maintains portable computer/printer equipment as part of mobile data system; inputs permit, plans and inspection data; utilizes appropriate software.

Performs related work as required.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Considerable knowledge of: general civil and criminal laws, rules and ordinances; state and local licensing laws and regulations; research and investigative procedures, practices, and methods.

Working knowledge of: building construction methods and materials; building codes and ordinances; the layout of the City and its geography; computer equipment and application software packages.

Ability to: learn code compliance inspection procedures; enforce applicable codes and ordinances firmly, tactfully and impartially; read/interpret construction plans and specifications; establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, officials and the general public; operate a lightweight motor vehicle.

Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited college or university with an associate’s degree (a bachelor's degree is desirable) in engineering technology, construction technology, architecture, criminal justice, public administration or a related field and three (3) years of experience in enforcement of codes and ordinances, law enforcement, regulatory processes, and/or investigations (some building construction experience is desirable); or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Licenses or Certifications

Possession of a valid Florida driver’s license.

Comments

Employees may be required to work rotating shifts, including nights, weekends, holidays and overtime as needed. During periods when the Mayor issues an emergency declaration for the City of Tampa, all employees may be required to work in preparation, response or recovery activities related to the stated emergency.

CLASS: 251200; EST: 8/8/2013; REV: 3/1/2021;