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Salary Range DH29


This classification serves as department head of the building department and performs administrative/management duties in planning, organizing, directing, and evaluating all department programs. The Building Official is responsible for enforcement of state building, plumbing, mechanical and manufactured home and recreational vehicle park codes in Douglas County through plans examiners and building inspectors; serves as liaison between state, building department, and the public.


(Duties assigned to this classification include, but are not limited to, the following examples.)

1. Develop, manage, organize, implement and evaluate programs for departmental operation. Develop procedures, policies and other support systems for efficient operations to meet current and long-range goals.

2. Interpret codes enforceable by department to employees, engineers, architects, and city agencies. Many codes are enforced "at the discretion of the Building Official."

3. Represent building department in the community; promote programs of the department and interpret State specialty codes, ORS, OAR, city and County ordinances. Respond to, and effectively resolve, inquiries, complaints or problems affecting services.

4. Prepare and administer annual budget; present to budget committee; monitor fiscal expenditures and revenues.

5. Supervise support staff through senior building inspector and is involved in selecting, training, and evaluating staff. Assume responsibility for work performed within department. Final approval of all selection, promotion and termination of employees. Establish and interpret policy and procedure.

6. Participate in annual updating and changing codes at the State level.


Knowledge of: Thorough knowledge of the field of building inspection and building safety and state, county, and city codes, regulations and ordinances that govern these function; thorough knowledge of all types of building construction, materials, and methods; thorough knowledge of theories, principles, practices and techniques of engineering and architectural design; thorough knowledge of principles, methods, and techniques of effective administration including public relations, personnel management, and fiscal management to develop, implement, and evaluate programs. Skill and ability to: Read and interpret blueprints, plans, and specifications; skill and ability to perform mathematical computations related to construction estimating; report writing and budget administration. Ability to: Communicate effectively in both oral and written forms; formulate and implement operational and administrative policies; plan, develop and evaluate funding requirements; prepare and justify budget requests; perform short and long-range financial planning; analyze and evaluate operations and develop and implement corrective action to resolve problems; establish and maintain record keeping systems and reports; make decisions independently in accordance with established policies and procedures, establish new policies when applicable and use initiative and judgment in completing tasks and responsibilities; supervise, motivate and lead staff of professionals and support staff; utilize problem identification and resolution techniques; remain calm and use good judgment during confrontational or high pressure situations; courteously meet and deal effectively with employees, Board of Commissioners, County department heads, builders, architects, engineers, contractors, governmental representatives and the public. Good public relations is extremely important.

Education, experience and training: Bachelors degree in engineering, architecture, or a related field and six years progressively responsible work experience in building inspection, structural engineering, or general construction which includes two years as a senior building inspector with supervisory/management responsibility OR ten years field experience in construction which includes progressively responsible work experience as construction superintendent of foreman and two years as a senior building inspector with supervisory/management responsibility OR any satisfactory equivalent combination of experience and training. At time of appointment, must possess a valid Oregon driver's license.

Building Official classification requires Building Official certification acquired through state testing covering Oregon laws and administrative rules pertinent to the codes administered by the jurisdiction. (ORS 455.455, ORS 455.457, and OAR 918-098-1470)


This classification is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the Board of Commissioners.

This classification supervises building inspectors, plans examiners, senior building inspector and clerical support staff and has final responsibility for work performed by the department.


Work is performed within established departmental policy and procedures; federal, state and county statutes, rules and regulations; Oregon Uniform Building, Mechanical, Plumbing Codes; zoning regulations; personnel rules; building inspection and engineering reference material and manufacturing materials. Incumbent uses seasoned, independent judgment in interpreting and usage of appropriate guidelines. State code allows for interpretation and enforcement of code "at the discretion of the Building Official." As department head, can implement or revise departmental policies.


Regular and consistent attendance is required.  Work is primarily performed in an office environment; work is generally sedentary and requires hearing voice conversation and keyboarding; periodic field inspections may require bending, climbing, crawling in confined areas, and walking in structures under construction, on uneven ground, and in unfavorable weather conditions. A reasonable amount of driving is required.

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