By BOB OLIVER
HEIGHTS — The City Council gave the second reading to create a new ordinance department for the city at its Feb. 25 meeting.
The Department of Ordinance Enforcement replaces the system currently in use by the city, which includes a department staffed by two full-time and two part-time officers.
The city was allowed to have four ordinance officers, three full-time and one part-time, but the department had been running short-handed while seeking to fill the third full-time position.
The new department will have three full-time employees and one supervisor all year as well as several part-time employees during the spring and summer as needed.
Ordinance officers will have the capability of issuing citations for the fire department, building and engineering department, animal control, Tax Increment Finance Authority and the department of public works.
They also will be authorized to investigate complaints, issue violations and warnings and appear in court.
The officers will be trained in animal and vector control, something council members has previously stated they felt every ordinance officer needed.
The department head position, who will be appointed by Mayor Dan Paletko, has not been filled yet though Paletko said the interview process has begun with candidates.
(Bob Oliver can be reached at [email protected])