Nature of Work
Full-time regular, non-exempt position that is responsible for
enforcing City of Las Cruces ordinances, codes, and regulations
throughout the community and increasing public awareness of the
importance for compliance to ensure a safe, sanitary, and clean
Works ninety (90) percent outdoors exposed to all traffic and
weather conditions, dust, noises, uneven surfaces, mists, odors,
and gases. Hazards include animal attacks, traffic accidents, and
mechanical and electrical elements. Protective gear includes
helmet, gloves, glasses, and bicycle training for officers using
bicycles. Moderately physical position including the ability to
occasionally lift and carry fifty (50) pound from the floor to
waist height, and to move throughout the City using a motor vehicle
or bicycle. Frequently lifting less than ten (10) pounds throughout
the day. Sufficient clarity of speech, hearing, or other
communication capabilities, vision or other powers of observation,
manual dexterity, and personal mobility and physical reflexes
sufficient to effectively and efficiently perform essential job
functions. Constant alertness is required to remain cautious and
safe moving through City streets on a bicycle.
Requires competing demands such as strict deadlines, multiple
tasks and occasional work beyond normal business hours. Occasional
interaction with irate citizens. Regular attendance is an essential
function of this job to ensure continuity of services. Position is
subject to drug testing in accordance with applicable State and
Federal regulations and City of Las Cruces policy.
FIRST CONSIDERATION MAY BE GIVEN TO CURRENT CITY OF LAS CRUCES
EMPLOYEES WHO MEET ALL THE MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS.
Meeting or exceeding the minimum requirements does not guarantee
an invitation to participate in the selection process.
This position is a grade CO-01. Duties and Responsibilities
Responsible for interpreting, explaining, and enforcing City
ordinance provisions related, but not limited, to the
- Numerals on structures.
- Illegal placement of fliers and notices on occupied and private
- Weeds, trash, littering and junk.
- Abandoned materials and inoperable vehicles.
- Unsafe structures.
- Traffic and sidewalk obstructions.
- Water conservation and the Clean Indoor Air Act.
- Travels throughout the City using a City motor vehicle or
bicycle to identify potential code compliance problems.
- Responds to resident complaints and inquiries and conducts
inspections to determine if complaints are valid and warrant
- Documents violations and makes personal contact with the
- Sends letters of violations and directs the owners/occupants to
- Monitors construction sites relative to code compliance,
landscaping, parking, setbacks, accessibility, zoning district sign
code, and building without required permits.
- Assists with the monitoring the licensing of businesses, home
occupations, and itinerant merchants.
Routinely monitors non-compliance areas to ensure corrective
action is taken. Tasks include, but are not limited to:
- Generates reports documenting the violation.
- Summons violator into Municipal Court by initiating a criminal
complaint or issuing a criminal citation.
- Presents cases in Municipal Court, acting as own attorney,
trying the case by testifying, submitting evidence, and dealing
- Conducts pro-active inspections and special projects and
provides education on code enforcement through newsletters and
- Prepares and presents various special and reoccurring
- Assists the Las Cruces Police Department within delegated scope
- Researches information from the County Assessor to place liens
on personal property to obtain compliance from abating a
Equivalent to a high school diploma and three (3) years of
experience in Codes Enforcement, Law Enforcement, or an
Environmental Field with specialized work experience in Public
Safety Investigations, Municipal Zoning, or Environmental Code
Enforcement. A combination of education, experience, and training
may be applied in accordance with City of Las Cruces policy.
Valid driver's license is required. Position requires an
acceptable driving record in accordance with City of Las Cruces
policy. Must pass a thorough background investigation.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Knowledge of: principles, practices, methods, and techniques of
code enforcement and compliance; effective customer service,
communication, and problem resolution techniques and methods;
occupational and environmental safety and health hazards, and
safety practices and procedures; principles of record keeping and
records management; business and personal computers, and applicable
software applications; City organization, operations, policies and
procedures to effectively perform the required functions and duties
of the position.
Skill in: using initiative and independent judgment within
established procedural guidelines; reading, interpreting,
understanding, and applying policies, procedures, and applicable
rules and regulations; assessing needs and developing and
implementing effective solutions; interpreting and explaining
provisions of various rules and regulations with tact and
impartiality; researching, analyzing, and synthesizing data,
evaluating alternatives and making logical recommendations based on
findings; safely operating motorized vehicles and bicycles;
operating a personal computer with installed generic and
specialized software; preparing and presenting information in a
clear and concise manner; demonstrating effective interpersonal
communication skills, and conflict resolution; assessing and
prioritizing multiple tasks, projects, and demands to ensure
achievement of goals and objectives.
Ability to: perform a variety of duties and responsibilities
timely and with accuracy to meet time-sensitive deadlines and
ensure achievement of goals and objectives; ensure appropriate
levels of customer service to achieve expectations and meet
objectives; read, understand, interpret, and assure compliance with
a variety of policies, procedures, rules, and regulations governing
related activities, programs, and functions; research and compile
applicable information and maintain accurate records; maintain
confidentiality of sensitive information and data; communicate
effectively in verbal and written forms; prepare and present
accurate and reliable reports containing findings and
recommendations; review documents and extract relevant information;
establish and maintain effective and appropriate working
relationships with employees, other agencies, and the public;
operate standard office equipment and a personal computer with
basic and specialized software applications; present a positive
image; take initiative and exercise sound independent judgment
within established procedural guidelines to ensure achievement of
goals and objectives.