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Chief Building Official needed to oversee the County's building and code enforcement divisions. Apply now! Position is open until filled.
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Salary:  $121,160 /yr.

 Range:  309

Job Type:  Full - Time

Job Status: At-Will

Unit:  Appointed by Board of Supervisors

FLAS:  Exempt

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County of Calaveras is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



Reporting directly to the Board of Supervisors and County Administrative Officer, the Chief Building Official is an at-will department head that will be responsible for the overall operation of the County’s Building and Code Compliance divisions. 

The Chief Building Official carries out the objectives of the Board of Supervisors by providing the efficient delivery of public services and will be responsible for:

  • Providing day-to-day leadership and training for the building and code compliance employees and contractors through communication and demonstration of the organization’s Vision, Mission and Values;
  • Planning, supervising and coordinating the activities of the County Building Department and associated permitting activities.
  • Overseeing Code Compliance, Abandoned Vehicle Abatement Program and the permitting of sewage/septic disposal systems within the County.
  • Preparing reports and makes presentations before the Board of Supervisors and other agencies and groups.
  • Developing and monitoring departmental budget, including revenue and expenditure accounts.
  • Developing revenue projections for use by other management personnel.
  • Directing construction inspection work related to building, electrical, mechanical and plumbing phases of building construction or alteration to ensure compliance with existing codes and regulations.
  • Serving as County construction coordinator, overseeing the implementation and management of specialized county construction projects.
  • Developing and monitoring individual programs such as permitting, plans checking and field inspections.
  • Reviewing plans checking work and serves as final authority for the approval of plans at the departmental level.
  • Solving complex building inspection code related problems.
  • Acting as Subject Matter Expert by interpreting and translating the intent of codes and ordinances relative to building safety and construction.
  • Identifying problems and implements corrective solutions.
  • Working effectively with builders, contractors, the general public and those contacted throughout the course of business.

The Department

The Calaveras County Building Department encompasses the Building and Code Compliance Divisions with eighteen allocated positions supplemented by contract and temporary workers as needed.  The Department provides assistance regarding building permits and/or land use questions, including code compliance and special events.  The Department also provides permit processing designed to expedite the permit approvals while ensuring a high degree of review of incoming projects. 

The Building Division exists to protect the public against hazards associated with the construction, use and occupancy of buildings and structures and to contribute to the County’s economic vitality and quality of life by ensuring the built environment complies with codes designed to safeguard life or limb, health, property and the public welfare. 

We are committed to providing the highest level of plan review and inspection services to our customers through enforcement of Building, Plumbing, Mechanical, Electrical, Fire,  County and State mandated requirements which regulate and control the design, construction, quality of materials, use and occupancy, location and maintenance of all buildings and structures within our jurisdiction.

The Code Compliance Division is responsible for enforcement of the County Code including zoning/land use, property maintenance, oak tree / landmark tree conservation, abandoned vehicles, substandard housing, graffiti, junk and debris, weed abatement, housing and dangerous buildings, and illegal use of structures.

With an annual budget of $1.9 million, the Building Department’s funding comes from Building Permit Fees, Licenses and miscellaneous revenue. The Code Compliance Division is a separate budget unit with a blend of funding from Building Permit Fees, Nuisance Abatement and Abandoned Vehicle Abatement totaling $728,000 annually. The Department also provides staff support and daily oversight of the Abandoned Vehicle Authority, a separate entity governed by both the County and City of Angels Camp, with an annual budget of $81,000.


The Challenge

Calaveras County is in a state of recovery and growth.  The Chief Building Official will play a key role in the day-to-day operations and will face the following additional challenges:

  • Butte Fire Recovery: With the devastation of the 2015 Butte Fire, our new Chief Building Official will play a vital role in the overall building and recovery efforts of Calaveras County. This will necessitate working closely with impacted residents on identifying their needs and concerns in the recovery process.
  • Complete the Implementation of TRAKiT System:  In 2017, the County acknowledged the substantial demand for land management and community development and began the implementation of TRAKiT Land Management Software.  The system is due to go live on May 2019 and is in the final critical stretch of the implementation phase. The system will improve the County’s permit business processes and its responsiveness to customers and provide transparency, while creating better coordination between the Assessor, Building, Business Licensing, Environmental Management, Planning, and Public Works Departments.
  • Support County’s Economic Development Initiative: In 2017 the Board of Supervisors approved the development of an Economic Development Office, housed with County Administration. It is expected that the Chief Building Official will engage closely with the Economic Development Office to identify challenges and barriers that impact economic growth and identify ways to address them.



The Ideal Candidate

Our new Chief Building Official will be an experienced professional and politically astute administrator who has the ability to see the big picture and confront problems with a positive attitude.

The ideal candidate will have a stellar understanding of model codes and code interpretation; building, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire codes, and who can strategize in anticipation of issues and consequences, lay out facts and present alternatives.

Our new Chief Building Official will have:


  • Five (5) years of responsible work experience in construction with demonstrated knowledge of Uniform Building Codes;
  • Five (5) years of supervisory experience, two of which should be at the level of a Chief Building Official/Deputy Community Development Agency Director or equivalent;
  • Certification as a Building Official from the International Code Counsel (ICC);
  • Valid CA driver’s license;
  • Preferred Bachelor’s degree in a related field.



Candidates must submit the following:


  • Resume
  • Letter of interest


Please submit your complete interest packet to the Human Resources Department.

Once a suitable number of interest materials are received, information will be screened for minimum qualifications and desirable traits outlined in the job announcement.  Candidates with the most relevant qualifications will be invited to participate in the elective board interview process.




Human Resources Division

891 Mountain Ranch Road, Building C, San Andreas, CA 95249
Phone (209) 754-6303 ~ Fax (209) 754-6333 ~


Calaveras County is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed (including religious dress and grooming), national origin, age (40 and above), sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and/or related medical conditions), marital status, sexual orientation ( heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality, gender identity, gender expression, transgender), medical conditions (cancer and genetic information including family medical history), disability (medical, mental or physical, including HIV or AIDS), request or denial of family medical care leave and pregnancy leave, AB60 driver's license or military or veteran status.

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