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A. Responsibilities: The Sheriff's Office administrative review shall review cases where a fine is in question. The Office of Administrative Review shall provide a consistent appeal process, administer hearing and judgements, and manage financial aspects of disputed cases.
B. Composition: The administrative review is an adjudication process to recover outstanding fees and/or fines associated with this chapter, as well as hear evidence of the law enforcement officer's finding(s) and the Alarm Administrators' program findings. The administrative review authority is comprised of the following:
1. Alarm Administrator: Provides general support and oversees the computerized tracking, hearing, scheduling, and case system management.
2. Records Division: Registers alarm permit applications, burglary and robbery alarm reports, and supports enforcement provisions of this chapter and assorted other County laws.
3. Hearing Officer: A person or persons designated by the Kane County Sheriff and assigned to his executive team, or his designee, to administer, control, and review false alarm reduction efforts, and administer the provisions of this chapter, as well as schedules, coordinates, and takes minutes at the adjudication hearings. For the purpose of this chapter and on behalf of business with the Kane County Sheriff's Office, conducts adjudication hearings for matters under fifty thousand dollars ($50,000.00).
4. Adjudication Officer: An attorney, other than the Alarm Administrator or law enforcement officer, who is appointed by the Kane County Sheriff, with the consent of the County Board, to preside over adjudication hearings. The Hearing Officer must be an attorney licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois for at least three (3) years. Prior to conducting administrative adjudication proceedings, Hearing Officers, shall have successfully completed a formal training program which includes, but is not limited to, the following:
a. Instruction on rules of procedures of the administrative hearings which they will conduct;
b. Orientation to each subject area of the Code violations they will adjudicate;
c. Observation of administration hearings; and,
d. Participation in hypothetical cases, including ruling on evidence and issuing final orders.
C. Hearing Costs: In the event of a determination that a violation has occurred, or if the complaint is dismissed or withdrawn based upon compliance prior to the hearing date the hearing costs shall be recovered in the amount of not less than one hundred fifty dollars ($150.00) or the actual cost of the hearing, whichever is greater. The Hearing Officer may, in an appropriate case, and for good cause shown, waive, or reduce costs. (Ord. 17-226, 8-8-2017)