Property Maintenance, Zoning, Business License, Sanitation, Quality of Life, Regulatory Compliance
“The time for municipalities to recognize code enforcement as a driver of change in a community is upon us; but the question is, do towns, cities and counties truly value code enforcement?”MARCUS KELLUM (2013)
Today’s code enforcement officers and inspectors are members of state and national professional organizations, and are certified, experienced professionals. Municipal leaders are being forced to adjust pay scales to accommodate leaders with a host of expertise in fields such as management, public safety, public administration, customer service and economic development. Progressive communities throughout the nation understand the benefit of a strong code enforcement operation. The aesthetics of a community, and the overall way by which the property standards are managed and maintained is key in determining if your community leaders recognize its importance. Creating a synergy between economic development, zoning, community development and code enforcement allows for a comprehensive approach to community growth and improved quality of life. The work of code enforcement in a community often goes unnoticed, but the lack thereof becomes the topic of every community meeting. The next generations of municipal leaders have the responsibility of charting the course for our communities with a vision that includes code enforcement services as an equal partner in the effective management of the quality of life of a community.
CODE ENFORCEMENT TRAINING
Training is important because it represents a good opportunity for employees to grow their knowledge base and improve their job skills to become more effective in the workplace. Despite the cost of training for employees, the return on investment is immense if it is consistent. No matter how competitive the market, upskilling existing employees should be a priority for business. When staff members stagnate, so does their performance and engagement. Training and development bring more possibilities to the table. The more they know, the better they perform. The better they perform, the more value they have to the local government — no matter how large or small.