ENFORCEMENT OFFICER. A county employee, as identified in each specific ordinance, authorized to issue violations for county ordinance violations and to conduct inspections of public or private real property to determine whether ordinance violations exist. Per the provisions of §§ 172.05(A), 172.06(A), (B) and (E), 172.07(A) and (B), 172.11, 172.13 and 172.14, an employee of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office who is authorized to issue violations shall be deemed an appropriate designated agent of the Executive Director of the Lake County Health Department. However, nothing shall be construed to allow for administrative adjudication of an ordinance violation in the case where a state statute or administrative rule provides for a specific method or procedure to be followed, other than administrative adjudication, in enforcing a county ordinance.
   HEARING OFFICER. A person other than an Enforcement Officer or law enforcement officer, who is appointed by the Chair of the County Board, with the consent of the County Board, to preside over administrative hearings. Every HEARING OFFICER must be an attorney licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois for at least three years. Prior to conducting administrative adjudication proceedings, a HEARING OFFICER shall have successfully completed a formal training program which includes the following:
      (1)   Instruction on rules of procedure of the administrative hearings which he or she will conduct;
      (2)   Orientation to each subject area of the ordinance violations he or she will adjudicate;
      (3)   Observation of administrative hearings; and
      (4)   Participation in hypothetical cases, including ruling on evidence and issuing final orders.
   PROPERTY OWNER. Any person, agent, firm or corporation having any legal or equitable interest in the property. PROPERTY OWNER includes, but is not limited to:
      (1)   A mortgagee in possession in who is vested:
         (a)   All or part of the legal title to the property.
         (b)   All or part of the beneficial ownership and the rights to the present use and enjoyment of the premises.
      (2)   An occupant who can control what occurs on the property.
   RESPONDENT. A property owner, or other individual, charged with liability for an alleged ordinance violation and the individual to whom the notice of violation is directed.
(Ord. 12-0447, passed 5-8-2012; Ord. 13-0739, passed 7-9-2013)