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Code enforcers earn certification
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Forsyth County News
Half of Forsyth County's code enforcement officers have stepped it up a notch.
Douglas Briggs, Joseph Robertson, William Amos and Victoria Nunez recently earned their level one code enforcement officer certification.
Code Enforcement Supervisor Steve Zaring said the department is proud of their accomplishment.
"This training will help enhance our efforts of serving the community to the very best of our ability," he said.
The certification program spans a two-year period where officers attend classes on current legal aspects of code enforcement, identifying code problems, professional methods for abating code violations and best code enforcement practices.
Through the program, the officers received 36 hours of required course training in topics including enforcement techniques, environmental issues, case investigation process and zoning code enforcement. They were also required to complete 12 hours of elective courses on various code enforcement topics along with related tests.
Forsyth County Director of Communications Jodi Gardner explained that there are two levels of code enforcement officer certification; level one and level two. She said level one certification means they have "completed advanced training and enhanced their knowledge and skills to assist them as they enforce the county's codes."
Forsyth County has eight code enforcement officers who are responsible for responding to complaints made by the public and enforcing Forsyth County ordinances and the unified development code.
The certification training is sponsored by the Georgia Association of Code Enforcement Officers and the Univeristy of Georgia Carl Vinson Institute of Government in association with the Association of County Commissioners and Georgia Municipal Association.