DEPARTMENT: Community Development

To perform this job successfully, an individual must perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

This position is responsible for performing inspections of residential, commercial and accessory buildings and lots to ensure compliance with International Property Maintenance codes as well as zoning codes and city ordinances in accordance with all applicable laws and City of Pearl policies and procedures. 


1.    Patrol the city to detect code or ordinance violations; investigates complaints received, including: 
       o Structures that pose a threat to the health and safety of the public 
       o Weeded and overgrown lots 
       o Abandoned vehicles 
       o Junk and trash 
       o Other observable code or ordinance violations 

2.    Inspect dwelling units to determine violations of the International Property Maintenance Code 
3.    Determine code discrepancies and develop a plan to ensure corrective action is taken 
4.    Provide assistance to the public regarding compliance issues and procedures 
5.    Refer difficult problems relating to complex code violations to supervisory staff 
6.    Write letters regarding compliance on specific issues; complete other written reports and records as necessary 
7.    Send out violation notices and establish time limits for compliance 
8.    Organize, prepare and maintain accurate logs, reports and records of inspection activities 
9.    Conduct follow-up investigations as assigned to ensure corrective measures are taken for all non-compliance

       issues identified 
10.  Issue summons or files complaints to ensure compliance with applicable codes
11.  Present cases in municipal court 
12.  Prepare items for City Council agenda and appear before council to present case
13.  Provide detailed case information to support lien assessment packets as forwarded to City Attorney 
14.  Compose routine communications including memos, letters, legal forms, notices and other material required for

       efficient job performance and code compliance 
15.  Cross train to be knowledgeable and prepared to issue Certificates of Occupancy on existing structures as

16.  Cross train to be knowledgeable and prepared to authorize gas and water connections on houses and buildings

       as needed 
17.  Any other duties assigned by the Director or designee. 

The absence of specific statements of duties does not exclude those tasks from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment of the position


The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. 




A high school graduate or its equivalent and two (2) years of trade school or college coursework in the building and construction trades and a minimum of three (3) years of experience in any of the construction trades; or any combination of education and experience that results in the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is required. 


1. Must have valid Mississippi driver’s license. 
2. Strong working knowledge and experience with: 
    a. ICC building codes 
    b. Zoning codes 
    c. Local regulations and ordinances 
    d. Detecting structural faults 
    e. Determining electrical, plumbing and mechanical discrepancies 
    f. Observing and correcting violations and defects at various stages of construction 
    g. Making suggestions and modifications which will bring structures into code conformance 
    h. MS Office suite, including MS Excel


Ability to understand written or oral instructions; read, analyze and interpret complex documents, instruction manuals, policies and procedures is essential. Excellent communication skills are required to effectively present information in a one-on-one and small group setting. Strong interpersonal skills are essential to maintain effective working relationships with others. The ability to work effectively and efficiently, under stressful conditions, to ensure deadlines are met is essential. Must have demonstrated, through prior work experience, the ability to identify complex issues/problems and resolve issues/problems while adhering to an appropriate policy and procedure.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of the position, the employee must have the ability to: 
1. Communicate effectively including being able to speak, hear, and write 
2. Drive throughout the City of Pearl
3. Walk, climb, bend, reach, squat and twist 
4. Lift 20 pounds and carry 10 pounds 


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Work is performed both indoors and outdoors and working environment includes exposure to cold, dampness, fumes/gases, and heat/humidity.


Applications for employment are available at the City of Pearl City Clerk Department located at Pearl City Hall 2420 Old Brandon Road, Pearl, MS  39208.