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Chapter 22.02 Code Hearings Officer

22.02.010 Established.

The office of Code Hearings Officer is hereby created.  The Code Hearings Officer shall act on behalf of the Council in considering and applying regulatory enactments and policies pertaining to the matters set forth in other sections of this Title.  The Code Hearings Officer shall be appointed in conformance with the Civil Service rules of the City.

22.02.020 Jurisdiction.

The Code Hearings Officer shall have jurisdiction over all cases submitted in accordance with the procedures and under the conditions set forth in this Code.

22.02.030 Definitions.

A. "Code Hearings Officer" means the Code Hearings Officer appointed pursuant to 22.02.010 and any other person designated and appointed by the Code Hearings Officer to act as Code Hearings Officer in a particular proceeding or group of proceedings.

B. "Party" means:

1. The City ofPortland.

2. Any person named by the City as a respondent in the complaint.

3. Any person requesting and entitled to an appeal hearing pursuant to Chapter 22.10.

4. Any person requesting to participate at the hearing as a party or a limited party which the Code Hearings Officer determines has an interest in the result of the proceeding or represents a public interest in such result.

C. "Respondent" means the party or parties who the City alleges, in the complaint, to have committed a violation of City Code or to be responsible for such violation.

22.02.040 Enforcement.

(Added by Ordinance No. 170048, effective May 1, 1996.)

A.  The City may institute appropriate suit or legal action, in law or equity, in any court of competent jurisdiction to enforce the provisions of any order of the Code Hearings Officer, including, but not limited to, a suit or action to obtain judgment for any civil penalty imposed by an order of the Code Hearings Officer pursuant to Section 22.05.010 A 5 and/or any assessment for costs or penalties imposed pursuant to Section 22.06.010 C.

B.  Unless authorized by the Code Hearing Officer, it is unlawful for any person to knowingly enter or remain in any building or structure that the Code Hearings Officer has ordered vacated pursuant to PCC 22.05.010 C 2.  In addition to any civil penalties imposed pursuant to PCC 22.05.010 A. 5., any person knowingly entering or remaining in such building or structure shall upon conviction be punished by a fine of not more than $500, or by imprisonment not exceeding six months, or both.