Kent County Government - Job Description
Alc. Bev. & Tobac. Inspector

FSLA Status: Exempt
Closing Date: October 16, 2013

The County Commissioners of Kent County are currently seeking applicants to fill the Alcoholic Beverage & Tobacco Inspector position. This is administrative and law enforcement work which insures establishments selling alcohol and tobacco products are complying with the laws and ordinances that regulate the sale of these products; investigates violations and complaints of noncompliance with the laws and ordinances; and teaches alcohol awareness classes. Must possess a Class C Driverís License; be high school graduate with twelve months of police, criminal justice, legal, or similar experience. Disclosure of family and/or other close personal relationships with those in the hospitality industry involved in selling or serving alcohol or tobacco products will be required prior to selection. Starting salary $36,394, with a comprehensive benefit package. Obtain application and job specification from the County Commissioners' Office, 400 High Street, Chestertown, MD 21620, (410) 778-4595. Receipt of application and complete copy of driving record is required by 4:30 p.m. on October 16, 2013. Screening for illegal drug use and background investigation will be required prior to appointment. EOE


SUMMARY
This is administrative and law enforcement work. An employee in this class with guidance and oversight from the Board of License Commissioners and the County Administrator visits establishments that are licensed to sell alcoholic beverages and retail stores that sell tobacco products. Employee will insure that establishments are complying with the laws and ordinances that regulate the sale of alcoholic beverages and tobacco products, investigate violations and alleged violations that may be perpetrated by the licensees or by those not entitled to purchase or possess alcohol or tobacco, and may be called upon to advise The License Commissioners on matters concerning the sale of alcohol and tobacco products. Duties also include establishing standards and fostering cooperativeness between the licensed establishment and The Board of License Commissioners.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Conducts routine and special inspections of licensed alcohol and tobacco establishments and prepares routine monthly and other reports as well as investigative reports as needed.

Investigates complaints, assists licensees in resolving problems regarding the law, prepares citations and assists in the prosecution of offenders.

Investigates the possession and/or use of falsified identifications.

Teaches alcohol awareness classes to make it possible for licensees to comply with the law that requires trained person to be on duty whenever alcoholic beverages are being sold.

Assists the License Commissioners in preparing requests for changes in the laws regarding the sale and possession of alcohol and tobacco products.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Thorough knowledge of the applicable statutes.

Working knowledge of the geography of the county; court procedure; rules of evidence.

Ability to read and interpret laws; to write reports; to prepare administrative search warrants; to conduct impartial investigations; to communicate effectively in both oral and written form; to deal diplomatically, yet firmly, with others; to operate a motor vehicle during the hours of darkness; to present facts to the Board; to translate the mores of the community into its standards.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES
This job has no supervisory responsibilities.


QUALIFICATIONS
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
Graduation from an accredited high school. Twelve months of police, criminal justice, legal or similar experience is required.

LANGUAGE SKILLS
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS
Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.

REASONING ABILITY
Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
Maryland Class C Driverís License or an equivalent motor vehicle operatorís permit.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; talk or hear; and taste or smell. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, and depth perception.

WORK ENVIRONMENT
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to smoke fumes or airborne particles. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.

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