Code Enforcement Officer Position Opening

Northfield Township is now hiring for a part-time position of Code Enforcement Officer, up to 30 hours per week. As a sworn enforcement position upholding property maintenance standards in accordance with local ordinances, the hired applicant will receive direction from the Zoning Administrator and the Township Manager. The employee is expected to initiate action to identify abatement needs. The position pays up to $25/hour.

The Code Enforcement Officer must be able to work with the general public in a calm, responsive manner; may be exposed to difficult and emotional situations involving potentially dangerous people, animals, and locations.  This position requires the ability and willingness to work outside in all weather conditions and may require working irregular hours and weekends when needed.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

The duties of the Code Enforcement Officer are to uphold property maintenance standards in accordance with local ordinances.

  • Responding to resident complaints via phone, e-mail, and in person.
  • Enforcing ordinance violations regarding weeds, blight, sign regulations, zoning compliance, trash and refuse, etc.
  • Inspecting, citing, and abating nuisances and zoning violations.
  • Identifying violations throughout Northfield Township.
  • Issuing Summons, Complaints, and tickets when necessary.
  • Maintaining records and supporting documents for all enforcement activities.
  • Assisting township attorney and testifying in court cases when necessary.
  • Performing regular ordinance compliance inspections of the Township.
  • Coordinating actions with state and county agencies, township building inspectors, and law enforcement.
  • Performing daily inspection of equipment; responsible for the safe operation of assigned equipment and related work within the general knowledge, skills, and abilities set forth.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

A High School Diploma or GED, or any combination of education and experience that demonstrates the ability to successfully perform the functions of Code Enforcement Officer:

  • Enforces assigned ordinances in a fair and impartial manner.
  • Possess and maintain a valid Michigan driver’s license and a safe driving record.
  • Able to read, understand, and execute oral and written instructions and ordinances.
  • Work outdoors for extended periods, often under unfavorable weather conditions.
  • Deal with the public, under potentially difficult and emotional circumstances, in a tactful, pleasant, and courteous manner.
  • Operate a personal computer and software to enter data, access computer files, compile and generate reports.
  • Set daily schedules.
  • Provide quality services in a cost-effective manner and to recommend improved methods of performing the work.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, coworkers, and the public.
  • Physically perform essential functions of the job.
  • Operate assigned equipment skillfully, safely, and in conformance with applicable laws and regulations.

Physical Demands

The physical demands characterized here, epitomize those that must be met by an employee to properly perform the integral functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

To properly perform the integral functions of this job, the employee is occasionally required to sit, taste or smell. Frequently, the employee is required to: stand, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; climb or balance. It is crucial to the outcome of job tasks that the employee is able to walk; talk or hear; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects; and reach with hands and arms on an extensive basis.

The employee in this classification will be required to lift objects of up to 100 pounds occasionally. Vision requirements for this position include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Working Conditions

Occasionally, the employee will deal with irate, abusive, and disorderly people; deal with the public in difficult and emotional situations involving potentially dangerous people, animals, and objects; and have exposure to all weather conditions. Employees may be required to work irregular hours and weekends when scheduled.


The Code Enforcement Officer must meet the following requirements to be considered for the position:

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Safe driving record
  • Previous experience in Code Enforcement or Law Enforcement
Apply Today for the Code Enforcement Officer Position

Visit our website for an application. Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled. Please send resume and cover letter to Jennifer Carlisle, by email,, or mail to:

  • Northfield Township, Attn: Jennifer Carlisle, PO Box 576, Whitmore Lake, MI 48189.

Any questions regarding employment opportunities can be directed to the Northfield Township Police Department through their website or phone, 734-449-2880. Ask for Jennifer Carlisle.

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