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City code compliance first code enforcement agency in state to earn accreditation from the American Association of Code Enforcement

Published:
July 29, 2022
Category:
General
Contact:
Deborah West - 270-393-3642
Location:
Bowling Green, KY
City code compliance first code enforcement agency in state to earn accreditation from the American Association of Code Enforcement

This three-year accreditation means the City of Bowling Green is providing a level of professionalism and service among the best code enforcement agencies across the nation.

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – The City of Bowling Green Code Compliance division is the first code enforcement agency in the state and only the sixth in the country to earn Agency Accreditation from the American Association of Code Enforcement.

This three-year accreditation means the City of Bowling Green is providing a level of professionalism and service among the best code enforcement agencies across the nation.

“All of our City departments work every day to provide the best level of service in each of their respective fields. This accreditation is validation at a national level that our Code Compliance division is operating using the best practices in their field,” City Manager Jeff Meisel said.

The application effort began late last year as the division gathered hundreds of documents, from photographs to reports, totaling thousands of pages.

Division manager Brad Schargorodski­ compiled years of data that included the review of over 16,000 cases and provided information on every aspect of the code compliance process, from courtesy notices and Notices of Violation to education and outreach events, the citation and appeal process, volume of cases, and case closure rates.

While the review and submission process took several months, the accreditation was actually years in the making due to the hard work of everyone who has worked in a code compliance capacity for the City. The division didn’t do all of this overnight, said Schargorodski who is the Code Compliance and Animal Control Division manager. This is an evolution of programs and processes over the last several decades.

“This national recognition is a testament to the hard work that our staff dedicates to the citizens of Bowling Green every single day.  The passion our Code Officials show in protecting the health, safety and welfare of our community is unparalleled.  It is also an acknowledgement of the decades of effort this Department has put forth in creating processes and programs which benefit our City now, and into the future,” he said.

Schargorodski also credits every other City department in creating the type of collaborative work environment that provided the opportunity for Code Compliance to achieve accreditation.

“We are fortunate to be supported by other equally dedicated Departments throughout the city, as well as our city leaders who realize the importance and necessity of the services we provide,” he said.

In order to maintain the three-year accreditation, the City must send annual reports to prove Code Compliance is working to maintain the same level of excellence. 

“By achieving this accreditation, it shows that we are among the elite organizations that are serving our taxpayers, and they know their tax dollars are going to a division that is vetted by a third party who says we are the best of the best,” Schargorodski said.

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