City Manager Ron Olson announced today reassignment of Code Enforcement to the Police Department. Under the reassignment a total of 28 code enforcement staff will be realigned including an administrator, two supervisors, 20 code officers and five clerical support staff. Budget and staffing levels will not change. “The reassignment will elevate the importance of code compliance throughout the City while generating stronger relationships with neighborhoods, reducing crime and providing improved service,” said City Manager Ron Olson.

The new division will be called Neighborhood Services Department and will be supervised by Captain David Blackmon, within the Investigations Bureau. The department will have direct access to units such as Property Crimes, the Gang Unit and the Narcotics/Vice Investigations Division, all of which commonly address neighborhood issues. Chief of Police Floyd Simpson said, “A structured environment, common goals and proven results oriented atmosphere will enhance the effectiveness of both Code Enforcement and those groups working with them.”

The transition is expected to be complete by February 1, 2014.