RIVERDALE -- The city code enforcement officer now has the power to write tickets for code violations.
When employee Randy Koger became the full-time code enforcement officer, City Attorney Steven Brooks said the time was right to give him a little more power. The city council agreed, unanimously amending an ordinance to officially give him that power.
"If he is out in the community and sees a violation, he can take care of it right then and there," Brooks said. "Because of his travel throughout the city, he may have a better opportunity or be in a better location at the time that the ticket is warranted."
Such situations could include parking in fire lanes, illegal handicap parking, animal control and city street parking that either do not get done because of schedules or conflicts or because they fall lower on the priority list compared to traffic and accidents law enforcement officers are handling.
"It is a good thing," Councilman Norm Searle said. "He needs some teeth to help enforce the code."
Koger's background in fire and inspections particularly qualifies him for the added responsibility, Brooks said.