Code Enforcement Officer III

King County   Snoqualmie, WA   Full-time     Law Enforcement / Security
Posted on November 18, 2021
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UPDATE: First review date extended to January 2nd, 2022. Please see the Supplemental information section for details. 

In order to hire and maintain a quality workforce that reflects the diversity of the community and works well within our True North values-based organization, the Permitting Division of the Department of Local Services (DLS) is accepting applications for the career-service position of Code Enforcement Officer III. 

The Code Enforcement Officer III will assist the Code Enforcement Officer IV in leading, training, evaluating, and overseeing the work of the professional code enforcement staff; and will assist in the development of work plans and the scheduling of unit work.
In this role, you will provide quality control by reviewing reports, files and documentation; assist in the development of programs and procedures to improve the enforcement program; provide interpretations and training to officers; provide public information and clarification on codes and their practical applications; and assist with difficult public hearings and legal actions; and perform inspections on difficult or unusual sites.  

Job Duties

Applying equity and social justice principles is a daily responsibility and a foundational expectation for all King County employees. In this role, you will apply equity and social justice principles that exemplify shared values, behaviors, and practices to all aspects of the work.

  • Provide guidance to Code Enforcement Officers in resolving difficult and/or unusual situations related to enforcement action. 
  • Review case notes and enforcement files to determine inspection reporting adequacy. 
  • Provide feedback to the Principal Code Enforcement Officer on employee work performance, provide training and technical guidance, and assign cases to balance workload. 
  • Assist in coordination of abatement program and development of abatement contracts.  
  • Review and update form letters as required to reflect code changes. 
  • Assist Code Enforcement Officers with difficult public hearings and legal actions and assist in the field with difficult sites. 
  • Draft and review civil penalty waiver requests for approval by management. 
  • Draft settlement agreements for cases prior to litigation process. 
  • Assist in the development of programs and in planning and implementation of changes to current programs. 
  • Assist in the review and revision of policies and procedures as needed, and monitor staff to verify they are complying with policies and procedures. 
  • Coordinate and standardize section code interpretation and participate in Department code interpretation and code change recommendations. 
  • Represent King County in legal action by acting as expert witness, giving depositions and answering interrogatories on matters involving enforcement actions. 
  • Provide information to the public on code clarification, code interpretation and enforcement issues. 
  • Act as a liaison between staff and the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. 
  • Investigate reports of building, zoning, housing, grading, clearing and critical-area violations, including property research, site inspections, assessment of violations, interviews of involved parties, and making written and photographic records for evidence in hearings and trials.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills


  • Experience in the investigation of complaints and the code enforcement process.
  • Ability to plan and lead the work of others; ability to build consensus and motivate employees 
  • Familiarity with terminology used in construction and land use; zoning, building, housing, shorelines and environmental codes; legal principles applied to code enforcement procedures.
  • Knowledge of federal, state and local laws and regulations and right of entry requirements.
  • Knowledge of investigative techniques; skill in investigating and researching information 
  • Knowledge of developing, implementing, and monitoring abatement program. 
  • Experience working collaboratively with staff from multiple disciplines and from various levels of the organization and coordinating their work. 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including providing training and making presentations.
  • Skill in working effectively and cooperatively with a variety of individuals from diverse backgrounds. 
  • Skill in providing solutions to code questions and interpretations.
  • Skill in making presentations to non-technical audiences and/or providing testimony in litigation matters.
 DESIRABLE Qualifications:
  • International Code Council (ICC) Code Enforcement certification 
  • Demonstrated experience leading both entry and journey level code enforcement professionals 
  • Considerable knowledge of applicable state, federal and local laws, rules, ordinances and regulatory standards applicable to the work.
  • An offer of employment will be contingent on the success of a pre-employment physical examination. 
  • Must have a valid Washington State driver's license and a good driving record.  A complete driving abstract will be required. 
  • Must operate a motor vehicle safely throughout the County. 
  • Must be able to traverse difficult terrain in any weather condition. 
  • Must be able to use office equipment and software.

Supplemental Information

**First Review of Applications January 2, 2022
   Interviews Wednesday, January 12, 2022

If you are selected as a finalist you will be asked to come back on January 19, 2022 for a second interview.

This recruitment may be used to fill vacancies for up to 6 months.  Including special duty assignments, STT and TLT opportunities.

WHO MAY APPLY: This position is open to all qualified applicants. First consideration will be given to current PROTEC17 members in the same classification that are eligible for lateral transfer.
WORK SCHEDULE: The work week is normally Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., but may at times require work outside of normal business hours and/or on weekends. 
This full-time position is overtime eligible.
FORMS AND MATERIALS: An online employment application, resume, and cover letter (no more than 2 pages) summarizing how you meet the experience, qualifications, knowledge and skills for the position.

SELECTION PROCESS: Applicants will be screened for clarity, completeness, and competitiveness.  The most competitive candidates may be invited to participate in one or more interviews.  Interviews will be conducted via Teams.  Reference checks and file reviews will be conducted.

Teleworking Requirement: 
The work associated with this position will be performed predominantly by teleworking; complemented with onsite work and meetings as needed. Employees will have access to shared workspaces at various King County facilities.)  Employees must reside in Washington state and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements.
Employees will be provided with a County issued laptop and must maintain a workspace with an internet connection (access may be supplemented in some situations) where they can reliably perform work and remain available and responsive during scheduled work hours. Please note that when an employee conducts work that is likely to bring them in contact with another individual, safety precautions are required, including the wearing of masks in some situations. King County is doing its part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and remains committed to reducing our carbon footprint.
King County has a robust collection of tools and resources to support working remotely. The individual selected for this opportunity will be joining an innovative and progressive team that is redefining how we work as we transition to the department's hybrid environment.  
Are you ready to APPLY?
The recruitment for this position is open to all applicants. A completed King County Application is required. We highly recommend that you also provide a cover letter and resume.
 For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact:
   Sonali Sharma
   Human Resources Analyst

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Guided by our "True North", we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles--we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.

Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement

King County Executive Branch employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are the successful candidate for the position you applied for, the County will send you a conditional offer letter. 

As a condition of employment, prior to a final offer of employment, you will be required to:

• submit proof of vaccination or 

• have an approved request for medical or religious exemption and an approved accommodation. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation. 

People are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receiving the final dose of a vaccination approved by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Executive Branch includes employees in the Executive branch, the Assessor’s Office, Elections, the King County Sheriff’s Office, and the Executive Office

King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer

No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.

To Apply

If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions please contact your recruiter listed on this job announcement.

King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being.  Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 10 paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page.

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy.  If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails.  Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.
NOTE:  Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position. Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.
For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.

Are you applying to this position as an eligible Current or Previous King County Employee Priority Placement Program Participant AND Is this position the same or lower percentage of full-time when compared to the position held at the point of the notification of layoff AND Do you possess the skills and abilities to qualify for this position?
  • Yes, I was given a layoff notice from my role at King County AND I am within two years of the effective date of my layoff. AND The position I was laid off from was the same or a higher percentage of FT status when compared to this one.
  • No.
If you answered yes to the question above and you are applying for this position as a Priority Placement Participant, to be considered, you must provide the following three pieces of information in the space provided: 1. The title you held when you received your layoff notice 2. The department you worked in 3. The effective date of your layoff

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