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Building Department Job Fair


LAKE COUNTY, Calif. (August 17, 2017) – During Tuesday’s meeting of the Board of Supervisors, the Board heard from many members of the public including contractors, as well as staff with regard to staffing issues and concerns in the Building Division of Community Development. Human Resources handed out over 20 extra help employment applications at the end of the open discussion.

Although there was a positive outcome with several options presented by County representatives and Contractors, Supervisors Brown and Simon still felt it necessary to dig deeper with County staff; immediately following the public meeting, Brown and Simon met with staff for nearly three (3) hours. Those at the table included Community Development, Environmental Health as well as Administration, County Counsel and Human Resources. Environmental Health reported the lead time on septic inspections was roughly ten (10) days.

During the meeting with staff, there was discussion of community concerns regarding build/rebuild efforts surrounding lead times on inspections and plans review. Staff spoke to backlogged work and how they are handling it, as well as the possibility of trainee programs, contracting with surrounding cities and counties, reaching out to retirees, hiring extra help and even bringing on volunteers as possible solutions for staffing shortages. The immediate goal is to get inspections done while Community Development explores additional program efficiencies, including the possibility of Class K permits enabling owner built homes to be inspected when finaled. Offers are pending to fill open permanent positions.

Supervisor Brown also announced a special Town Hall meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 from 6pm-8pm, specific to Lake County build/rebuilding and other construction related issues throughout the County. “Contractors, engineers, architects and suppliers, and anyone else related to the construction industry are encouraged to attend,” said Brown. This forum is not intended for discussion of specific cases of complaints by homeowners.

Simultaneously, the County of Lake will hold a job fair on Tuesday, August 22, 2017, between 4pm – 7pm in the lobby of the courthouse to accept extra help employment applications for Plans Examiners and Building Inspectors. A quick screening process will be used given the immediate need to fill the positions within Community Development. Interested persons should arrive prepared with resumes, to fill out applications, be pre-screened by Human Resources. Qualified applicants could be interviewed on the spot.

Applications can be downloaded/completed online prior to the job fair. The Extra Help application can be found at:

For more information about the application process, contact the Human Resources Department at (707) 263-2213.