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Chief Building Official


Under general direction of the Director of Development Services, manages, organizes, plans and coordinates the work of the Building and Safety division including plan review, building inspection, enforcement, and permit processing and the public counter staff serving the Development Services Department; provides highly responsible and responsive professional technical expertise, guidance and support to ensure compliance with standards to safeguard public safety and property related to construction, design, quality of material, use, occupancy, location and maintenance of structures in a manner that facilitates development that enhances the high quality of life in Turlock; and performs other job related work as required.

This position is designated as management for Labor Relations purposes and is considered exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)


General direction is provided by the Development Services Director. The job incumbent directly supervises assigned management, professional, technical and office/clerical staff.


This is a mid-management classification responsible for management of discrete sub-departmental organizational component(s) and program functions within a department as determined by Department Director, City Manager and City Council. The incumbent serves as a member of the City policy advisory team with responsibilities for developing means for implementing policies and procedures developed by the executive team. Exercises policy development and promulgation responsibilities for specific program/functional areas. Demonstrates technical competence while working as a team member and exercises independent judgment in a number of confidential and sensitive assignments. Duties and responsibilities are performed in accordance with city policy, ordinance and state regulations including building and earthquake standards.


  • Recommends and implements goals, objectives, policies and procedures.
  • Manages, oversees and participates in development of work plans; assignment of work activities, projects and programs; monitors work flow.

  • Plans, reviews, controls, and evaluates activities, methods, and procedures for building, electrical, plumbing and mechanical inspections, plan checking, and for complying with earthquake standards.
  • Ensures close coordination with other City departments and affected outside groups.
  • Prepares specialized budgets related to assigned activities; assists in budget implementation; participates in budget forecasts; administers the approved budget.
  • Prepares reports; documents policies and procedures; performs research; recommends building and related code changes.
  • Assists with most difficult field inspections, reviews inspections and decisions when unusual circumstances exist; analyses, interprets and checks complex plan specifications, calculations, laws and regulations.
  • Makes presentations before various groups, including City Council, Planning Commission, other boards and commissions and professional and public meetings, as needed.
  • Participates in recruitment and selection activities; makes recommendations for appointment of new staff; assists with staff orientation and training.
  • Supervises staff including provision of timely performance evaluations; recommends and implements approved discipline; provides staff development; and maintains high standards necessary for efficient, professional operations.
  • Answers questions; provides information to the public; recommends corrective actions; investigates, reports, documents and resolves complaints.
  • Meets with architects, engineers, developers, contractors, builders and property owners to resolve various problems related to constructions standards and code enforcement activities.
  • Builds and maintains respectful, positive working relationships with staff, supervisors, outside agencies and the public using principles of good customer service; provides effective conflict resolution, as needed.
  • Models appropriate professional management conduct; maintains appropriate confidentiality of sensitive information; complies with and supports City policies and procedures, labor laws, and MOU provisions.
  • Attends assigned meetings and training; interacts with outside agencies and commissions; provides leadership for teams, or committees, as needed.
  • Ensures staff works in a safe manner; follows safety requirements; monitors and ensures compliance with regulations and other legal requirements.
  • Performs other duties, as assigned.


Knowledge of:

  • Budgeting procedures and techniques.
  • Principles and practices of supervision, staff selection, training and personnel management.
  • Applicable state and local law relevant to building code administration, model building codes, standards and specifications.
  • Principles of structural design, engineering mathematics, and architectural plan review and inspection.
  • Safe work practices and related regulations.
  • Principles of public speaking, conflict resolution and excellent customer service.

Ability to:

  • Lead, manage, evaluate and train personnel effectively and maintain discipline.
  • Organize, implement and supervise departmental goals and City objectives.
  • Interpret, explain and apply building codes, inspection methods, plan checking principles, relevant laws and departmental rules and regulations.
  • Analyze, interpret and check complex plans, specifications, and calculations.
  • Make presentations before groups and represent the City in public forums.
  • Use computer and needed programs effectively.
  • Organize, analyze, manage and implement a variety of programs.
  • Prepare, forecast and administer a budget.
  • Establish and maintain respectful, effective and cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Communicate effectively, orally, electronically and in writing.

Five years of increasingly responsible experience of a supervisory, administrative or professional nature and in construction and inspection of public, commercial, industrial or residential buildings or comparable work that would have provided the opportunity to develop the required skills, knowledge and abilities.


Equivalent to an Associate Degree from an accredited college or university with significant course work in the areas of structural, mechanical or civil engineering, architecture or a related field.


Possession of a valid California Driverís License in the category necessary to perform essential duties of the position may be required at the time of appointment and maintenance of a valid California Driverís license is a condition of continued employment.

Possession of certification, training, and education pursuant to Chapter 7, Part 2.5 of Division 13 of theCalifornia Health and Safety Code.


Maintain required physical abilities including: Vision adequate to operate vehicles and equipment, read instructions and follow directions; hearing adequate to distinguish mechanical noises, converse on telephone and in person; body mobility adequate to perform required inspection duties; use of hands and fingers adequate for writing, typing and computer related functions; ability to lift tools and equipment, as needed.

    For questions about City employment, please contact:

    Human Relations
    156 S. Broadway, Ste. 235
    Turlock, CA 95380-5454
    (209) 668-5150
    Monday - Friday, 8AM - 5PM

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