The hearing officer presiding over all adjudicatory hearings shall have the following powers and duties:
   (A)   Hear testimony and accept evidence that is relevant to the existence of the code violation; however, the strict rules of evidence applicable to judicial proceedings shall not apply to hearings authorized under this subchapter;
   (B)   Issue subpoenas directing witnesses to appear and give relevant testimony at the hearing, upon the request of the parties or their representatives;
   (C)   Preserve and authenticate the record of the hearing and all exhibits and evidence introduced at the hearing;
   (D)   Issue and sign a written finding, decision, and order stating whether a code violation exists; and
   (E)   Impose penalties, sanctions, or other relief consistent with applicable 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.
(1983 Code, § 6-14) (Ord. 2924, passed 3-8-2001) Penalty, see § 151.999