The City of Albany
Beautifully positioned on the banks of the Flint River and known for its southern hospitality, Albany is the hub of Southwest Georgia for working, shopping, cultural activities, and education. Drawing from its 1853 origins as a trading and shipping city, Albany sits at the center of a storied region closely tied to America's early Native American culture and the antebellum age of the Old South. Outdoor destinations and an accessible downtown area enhance the tourist appeal of the City known as the "Pecan Capital of the World." Albany is called the Good Life City. With gorgeous year-round weather and a low cost of living, it is a great place to raise a family. Albany, with a population of 75,769, is the county seat of Dougherty County. The median resident age is 31.4 years, and the median home value is $97,300. Albany has developed a diversified industrial economy, which includes Proctor & Gamble, MillerCoors, and Mars Chocolate North America. In fact, since 1994, over $800 million has been invested in the community by local industries. Healthcare, education, and the Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany are the largest employers. Manufacturing, transportation, tourism, and retail trade are also important foundations of Albany's economy, and the city acts as a center for commerce in southwest Georgia.
Distinguished from the same-named City in New York, Albany, Georgia, is the heart of Plantation Trace, the southern portion of Georgia's Southern Rivers Region. The City is located on US Highway 82 and covers approximately 57 square miles, flanking both sides of the Flint River. Albany is ideally situated only three hours from the beaches on the east coast and those on the Gulf of Mexico, with Atlanta just 183 miles north and Tallahassee 80 miles south. Lying below the land around Albany is the Floridan Aquifer, an ocean of fresh water that feeds the area's rivers and creeks and fuels its economy.
About the Organization
The City of Albany operates under a Commission/Manager form of government. The Board of City Commissioners is comprised of the Mayor, elected at-large, and six Commissioners representing individual wards, all serving four-year terms with no term limits. The City Commission sets policies, passes ordinances and resolutions, and appoints members to various boards, authorities, and commissions. The Commission appoints a professional City Manager to oversee the day-to-day operations of the organization. The Commission also appoints the City Clerk, Assistant City Clerk, City Attorney, Municipal Judge, City Solicitor, and Public Defender.
The City has approximately 1,166 employees delivering a full range of municipal services, including police, fire, solid waste, public works, transit, community, and economic development, planning and development, technology and communications, parks and recreation, finance, human resources, water, and utilities. The annual budget for 2021 is $289.8 million.
About the Department
The Code Enforcement Department is responsible for the life-safety, general health, and welfare of the public within the boundaries of the City of Albany and Dougherty County as they relate to the construction, occupancy, and maintenance of buildings, structures, and property. The Department is responsible for enforcing all city ordinances, particularly building and zoning ordinances, environmental ordinances, business license (occupation tax) ordinances, and the false alarm ordinance. The Code Enforcement Department shall be established as a law enforcement unit as defined by the Official Code of Georgia, Annotated § 35-8-2(7) [O.C.G.A. § 35-8-2(7)]. The Department is also responsible for fulfilling the code enforcement functions for Dougherty County as agreed to by House Bill 489 Service Delivery agreements and therefore has the authority to perform said duties in the unincorporated area of Dougherty County. This is accomplished by the enforcement of Georgia State adopted building codes, laws, and the local ordinances of the City of Albany and Dougherty County. The primary duties include the prevention, identification, correction, or abatement of violations of all applicable laws, codes, and ordinances. All functions of this Department require frequent communication and interaction with other local, state, and federal officials. The Department utilizes approximately $2 million of the City of Albany general fund and is budgeted for 15 employees, including the Director of Code Enforcement.
The Ideal Candidate
The City seeks an innovative, collaborative, and experienced professional with demonstrated leadership capacity who also excels in the areas of management, interpersonal communication, and customer service. The Director of the Code Enforcement Department shall have the power, authority, and responsibility to discharge the duties of a department head of a law enforcement agency as defined by the Official Code of Georgia, Annotated § 35-8-2(4) [O.C.G.A. § 35-8-2(4)] and, in addition thereto, shall perform such other duties as the City Manager and/or Board of City Commissioners may from time to time prescribe. The Director of Code Enforcement will be a politically astute and engaged community leader who can confidently interact with the community, City Commissioners, staff, and other stakeholders. The successful candidate will be expected to have the capability to conduct research, prepare reports, and present findings at public meetings, able to provide comprehensive, legible, and understandable written information to the various boards, committees, and the general public. The ideal candidate will have an understanding of fiscal responsibility and a history of effective methods of budgeting, the ability to evaluate, research, and present options; be innovative and effectively respond to and manage change; be resilient and accepting of criticism and conflict. The Director of Code Enforcement will be able to provide a practical evaluation of and develop, through the use of enhanced technology, department processes for efficiencies; to streamline or revamp with consideration for customer service enhancements. He/She will have experience in a supervisory capacity of a building department or technical instruction in building technology & construction, and construction management; knowledge of building, construction, zoning, and planning codes. Be a creative and approachable problem solver who assists other City of Albany Departments with service issues, questions, and challenges. He/She will have a strong sense of personal and professional ethics and the ability to evaluate, understand, and appreciate human behavior. The successful candidate will be committed to professional development, setting an example by being current on emerging issues and trends that fall under the responsibilities of the position. He/She will be the "face" of the Code Enforcement Department and able to provide comprehensive updates to the City Manager and regular presentations to the Mayor and Commissioners on the status of blight and code compliance concerns within the City. Be a dedicated team member who will focus on the mitigation and removal of community-wide blight, encouraging a shared sense of place, and fostering the progressive sustainability of our urban fabric.
The successful candidate must have a minimum of eight (8) years of professional experience in leadership development, program/project management, land use planning, Code Enforcement operations/activities that include two (2) years of supervisory and management experience; or an Associate's degree with major coursework in public or business administration, geography, City and regional planning, criminal justice, political science, or a related field and six (6) years of experience as described above; or a Bachelor's degree and four (4) years of experience as described above; or an equivalent combination of education, training, and/or experience. Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certification requirements as a law enforcement officer required. Additionally, the Director of Code Enforcement must possess and maintain a valid Georgia Driver's License.
The City of Albany offers a competitive salary in the range of $68,500.64 - $117,694.72, depending on education, experience, and training. Additionally, the City offers a retirement plan, including employee contribution and employer matching percentage through the City's Employee Mandatory Pension Plan, and a voluntary 457 Plan. A full range of leave, insurance benefits, and other benefits are provided. A health clinic is available at no charge for medical plan participants.