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A. Office Of Building Officer: The office of Building Officer is hereby created in which is vested the power and duty to administer and enforce all the provisions of this chapter and such related regulations as are assigned to that office by the Village’s Board of Trustees. That officer is meant wherever in this chapter the term "Building Officer" is used.
B. Appointment Of Building Officer: The Board of Trustees shall appoint as Building Officer a person who is qualified by professional or practical training and experience to conduct the affairs and carry out the duties of that office, who may be either an employee of the Village or an independent contractor. It shall also provide for the appointment of such assistants as employee(s) or as independent contractor(s) as are needed and qualified to carry out efficiently the duties and powers assigned to them by the Board of Trustees or Building Officer and the Building Officer shall not be removed from office except for cause and after full opportunity has been granted him to be heard on specific and relevant charges by and before the appointing authority.
C. Relief From Personal Responsibility: The Building Officer charged with the enforcement of this code, while acting for and/or on behalf of the Village shall not be held personally liable for such enforcement and/or any related determinations relative to a matter, and said Building Officer and any of his or her subordinates is hereby relieved from all personal liability for any damage that may accrue to persons or property as a result of any act required or permitted in the discharge of the official duties of the Building Officer on behalf of the Village. Any suit instituted against any Building Officer acting for and/or on behalf of the Village because of an act performed by him in the lawful discharge of the duties of the Building Officer and under the provisions of the Village of Lake Villa building code and zoning ordinance shall be defended by counsel selected by the Village until the final termination of the respective proceedings. In no case shall the Building Officer or any of his subordinates be liable for costs in any action, suit, or proceedings that may be instituted in enforcement of the provisions of the Village ordinances and resolutions, and any officer of the Department of Building and Zoning, acting in good faith and without malice, shall be free from liability for acts performed under any of its provisions or by reason of any act or omission in the performance of his official duties in connection thereto. (Ord. 2008-09-01, 9-24-2008; amd. Ord. 2019-11-01, 11-18-2019)