Presentation on theme: "P OLITICS AND C ODE E NFORCEMENT Georgia Association of Code Enforcers February 20, 2015 Brandon L. Bowen Jenkins & Bowen, P.C. 15 South Public Square."— Presentation transcript:
P OLITICS AND C ODE E NFORCEMENT Georgia Association of Code Enforcers February 20, 2015 Brandon L. Bowen Jenkins & Bowen, P.C. 15 South Public Square Cartersville, Georgia 30120 (770) 387-1373 firstname.lastname@example.org
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.” - Plato
Code Enforcement Officer Sees violations every day. Knows how violations throughout the city are treated. Hears excuses every day. Has to report to administrative, executive, legislative and judicial officials. Has to deal with difficult people. Has to deal with difficult situations. Has to deal with property owners. Has to deal with the Court. Has to answer to the public.
Court Has seen a lot worse. May not feel this case is as important as other matters. Does not know what the COE has already done. Does not want to see the case again.
Property owner May not have ever dealt with the government before. May not trust the government. May not believe government has the right to interfere with his use of property. Likely does not know the ordinances. Does not know what other enforcement actions have been taken. May feel he is being picked on for other reasons. May not know better. May not be able to do better. May have significant other problems in his life.
Legislators Want to improve their community. Answerable to constituents. May not know or understand what enforcement actions you have taken in the past. May not have an understanding of legal process. May have friends and family that are the subject of enforcement actions. May have friends and family that want to push enforcement action.
Public Wants to see community improved. May have personal animas. Probably does not know the extent & history. May distrust government. May suspect “old boy network.” N I M B Y