Assistant Zoning Inspector - Perry Township, Stark County

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Assistant Zoning Inspector
Perry Township, Stark County

Appointed to perform duties of a zoning inspector pursuant to Ohio Revised Code §519.16 and 511.10. Responsible for the day-to-day administration, interpretation, and enforcement of the Perry Township Zoning Resolution. Review of development projects for short and long-range planning in harmony with the strategic goals of the township.


The Assistant Zoning Inspector shall serve at the pleasure of the Perry Township Board of Trustees and under the general supervision of the Zoning Inspector.


Appointed to assist with the duties of the zoning inspector pursuant to Ohio Revised Code Section 519.16. Responsible for the day-to-day administration, interpretation, and enforcement of the Perry Township Zoning Resolution, including but not limited to inspection of nuisance violations, compliance oversite, review and processing of permit applications, maintaining records and files, and assisting with regular review and updates of the zoning resolution.

  • Maintains scheduled office hours, subject to direction of the Board of Trustees.
  • Enact consistent enforcement of the Zoning Resolution and Residential/Commercial Property Maintenance regulations.
  • Assist with investigating complaints concerning Zoning and Residential/Commercial Property Maintenance violations. Conduct on-site inspections as necessary to carry out enforcement as authorized under the ORC.
  • Work with township legal counsel (under the supervision and guidance of the zoning inspector) on zoning questions, problems, opinions, litigation, and other legal matters.
  • Coordinate weekly, biweekly, or monthly written reports with the zoning inspector for the Board of Trustees.
  • Work alongside Department Heads and/or County and State agencies who may assist with Perry Township zoning matters.
  • Prepare violation notices and mail or post them directly to the property address in a timely manner.
  • Attend Board of Trustees, Zoning Commission, or Board of Zoning Appeals meetings when the Zoning Inspector is unable to attend.
  • Assist in processing zoning permit applications.
  • Assist with/participate in special projects for the Trustees.
  • Conduct research and make recommendations to the Board of Trustees for abatement of blighted residential and commercial properties.
  • Assist with follow-up inspections of all approved zoning permit projects for conformance.
  • Contribute articles to the quarterly township newsletter.
  • Submit monthly permit and nuisance/assessment reports to the county recorder’s office.
  • Oversee mowing contractors and grass abatement during each mowing season.
  • Must possess a valid Ohio driver’s license and be insurable through the township’s insurance carrier.
  • Possess a high degree of computer literacy, including Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, etc.
  • Minimum 1 year of experience in zoning, code enforcement, or construction trades.
  • Excellent public relations skills, including the ability to deal with persons under adverse, stressful conditions.
  • Effective verbal and written communicator.
  • Must be able to understand, interpret, and apply zoning regulations to residential and commercial projects.
  • Possesses strong organizational skills.
  • Must be able to perform basic math.
  • The ability (but not mandatory) to read site plans, blueprints, survey plats, and construction drawings is preferred.
  • Ability to read applications, research, issue permits, and create reports.

The Zoning Department office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. After-hours or weekend events as directed by the Board of Trustees. Holiday, personal, sick days, and overtime hours are as instructed in the employee handbook.


Personal computer, desktop computer, Microsoft Office software applications, iWorQ cloud-based database software, county auditor GIS parcel viewer, camera, and township vehicle (provided by the township).

  • Salary: $52,000 (starting) plus benefits

Applications can be sent to Jeff Whytsell, Perry Township Zoning Inspector, at

This job description reflects the principal duties and functions of the job identified and shall not be construed as a detailed description of all work requirements that may be expected on the job.

This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the Perry Township Board of Trustees and a prospective employee and is subject to change by the Board of Trustees as the needs of the township and requirements of the job change.