Following City Council’s 2022 budget decision to expand the City’s Bylaw Department by six members, recruitment is now underway to identify successful candidates for one Bylaw Intake Administrator, one Bylaw Enforcement Officer and four Community Safety Bylaw Officers. Each of the six positions are being sought between now and January 9, 2022.
“The City of Penticton's Bylaw Department is looking to hire six motivated and energetic individuals to join our dynamic team of professional Bylaw and Community Safety Officers dedicated to carrying out Council’s Community safety priority,” said the City’s Bylaw Services Manager, Tina Mercier. “The Bylaw Services Department provides residents with a variety of services related to regulatory issues, with the purpose of enhancing community safety and livability and to be a complement to police services. Our team is committed to the delivery of professional bylaw education and enforcement in a timely and effective manner, and in accordance with Council direction. We look forward to hearing from people who are interested in these positions and hearing how they can contribute towards our City’s safety and security objectives.”
The current Bylaw hiring process is part of a bigger suite of investments intended to address community safety by boosting the size of Penticton’s available response resources. Additional steps include - extending Bylaw’s operational hours, providing Bylaw enforcement services seven days a week and adding three additional RCMP Officers for a total of seven new officers when including the four officers added in 2021.
In addition, Council recently approved a Community Safety Resource Review to identify long-term staffing level requirements across the City’s community safety portfolio, including RCMP, Bylaw Services and Fire.
And finally, to assist the bylaw team in providing service to the community, staff are also currently working on a new ‘Safe Streets and Public Places Bylaw’ which will come before Council for first reading in early 2022. Opportunities for feedback will be sought prior to adoption next spring.