Community Development Director
Fairfield County
Salary: $65,000 – $75,000

Closing Date: Until filled

General Statement of Job

Under limited supervision, coordinates the activities of the Community Development Department to ensure the proper enforcement and administration of the County zoning and development standards and ordinances and the development, administration and implementation of the County’s Comprehensive Plan.   Performs related administrative, supervisory and technical duties as required. Reports to the County Administrator.

Essential Functions

  • Supervises the operation of the Community Development Department; assigns workloads and establishes work schedules; directs and supervises duties of assigned staff.  Supervisory duties include instructing; assigning, reviewing and planning work of others; maintaining standards; coordinating activities; allocating personnel; selecting new employees; acting on employee problems; and recommending and approving employee promotions, transfers, discipline and discharge.
  • Reviews the work of subordinates for completeness and accuracy; evaluates and makes recommendations as appropriate; offers advice and assistance as needed.
  • Maintains overall responsibility for determining development and zoning compliance in Fairfield County; reviews and determines approvals and disapprovals of zoning compliance.  Ensures that equitable enforcement of the zoning and development ordinances is carried out, and that legal guidelines regarding public notice, property owner notification, time considerations and proper procedures are followed by division personnel.
  • Is responsible for subdivision regulations and for administering the flood damage prevention ordinance.
  • Reviews and approves/disapproves plats, plans and signs.  Reviews and approves permits.
  • Processes zoning applications and appeals.
  • Supervises the County’s building official, overseeing all building inspection functions.  Oversees the issuance of building permits, mobile home licenses, mobile home moving permits, etc.
  • Assists Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, Councils, the Joint Water and Sewer System, committees and community organizations as required.  Attends related meetings and makes presentations as requested.
  • Coordinates development and zoning approval with other Planning and Public Works departments and divisions.
  • Administers and coordinates updates of the Comprehensive Plan, including mandatory elements pertaining to population, economic development, natural resources, cultural resources, community facilities, housing and land use.
  • Formulates recommendations regarding the development of water, sewer, roads, open space, industrial recruitment, zoning, geographic information systems, impact assessment and other functions of the County.
  • Assists in the development and implementation of various policy and legislative decisions and inter-governmental agreements made by Council and County Administrator.
  • Generates, compiles and maintains demographic and statistical data related to both long- and short-range planning needs of the County.
  • Ensures the maintenance of accurate files and information to support a variety of projects. Oversees the maintenance of permanent records of zoning maps and text amendments, variances, special exceptions, appeals, re-zonings, public service uses, etc.
  • Analyzes zoning ordinances and makes recommendations for improvement as appropriate.
  • Prepares reports and graphic display materials descriptive of department research and recommendations.
  • Receives and responds to public inquiries and complaints regarding building, planning and zoning issues.  Presents information at public hearings as required.
  • Receives, reviews, prepares and/or submits various records and reports including plats, site plans, signs, drawings, business licenses, building and sign permits, photographs, purchase orders, zoning applications, zoning charts, checklists, memos, correspondence, etc.
  • Operates a variety of equipment such as a computer, printer, fax machine, copier, blueprint machine, camera, large document printer, drafting instruments, engineer’s scale, binding machine, calculator, and telephone.
  • Interacts and communicates with various groups and individuals such as the County Administrator, County Council, Planning Committee, Board of Appeals, co-workers, subordinates, County department heads and employees, attorneys, engineers, architects, realtors, developers, property managers, consultants, utility companies, chambers of commerce, elected officials, business and industry leaders, citizen groups and the general public.

Minimum Qualifications

Requires a Bachelor’s degree in city and regional planning, public administration, business administration or other relevant field supplemented by three to five years of planning/zoning administration experience, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. 

To Apply:

Contact: Jennifer Leaphart,