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(A) Organization. The village's Ordinance Enforcement Department shall be composed of a Hearing Officer, an Ordinance Enforcement Administrator, and System Coordinator and Hearing Room Personnel, all appointed with the advice and consent of the Village Board by the Village President, with the power and authority as hereinafter set forth.
(B) Hearing Officer.
(1) A Hearing Officer must be an attorney licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois for at least three years.
(2) The Hearing Officer shall preside over all adjudicatory hearings and shall have the following powers and duties:
(a) To hear testimony and accept evidence that is relevant to the existence of a Village Code violation;
(b) To preserve and authenticate the record of the hearing and all exhibits and evidence introduced at the hearing;
(c) To issue and sign a written finding, decision and order stating whether a Village Code violation exists; and
(d) To impose penalties, sanctions or such other relief consistent with applicable Village Code provisions and assess costs upon finding a party liable for the charged violation, except however, that in no event shall the Hearing Officer have authority to impose a penalty of incarceration.
(C) Prior to conducting administrative adjudication proceedings under this chapter, the Hearing Officer shall have successfully completed a formal training program which includes the following:
(1) Instruction on the rules of procedure of the administrative hearings over which the Hearing Officer shall preside;
(2) Orientation to each subject area of the code violations that he or she will adjudicate;
(3) Observation of administrative hearings; and
(4) Participation in hypothetical cases, including rules on evidence and issuing final orders.
(Ord. 08-07, passed 3-3-2008; Am. Ord. 08-15, passed 4-21-2008)