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Code enforcement: Lathrop gets tough

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POSTED September 30, 2017 12:50 a.m.

If the Lathrop City Council gives its blessing Monday night, the odds of sneaking anything past their code enforcement consultant will shrink to zero.
Former Lathrop Police Chief Danelle Hohe – who has been contracted to handle Lathrop’s code enforcement issues since October of 2016 – is up again for a contract renewal, and Lathrop city staffers are planning to use money not being spent for a budgeted code enforcement supervisor to extend Hohe’s term with the city.
If approved, the contract – which is set not to exceed $50,000 – will cover her time and materials in handling code enforcement complaints and follow-ups and other issues pertinent to maintaining the city’s municipal code.
According to the staff report prepared for the fiscal request, Hohe’s tenure with Lathrop Police Services – her last post in a long career with the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Department – has proven to be fruitful thanks to her extensive knowledge of the community and the city’s municipal code. Her background in law enforcement, the report states, has proven to be an asset thanks to her experience in handling complex cases and court proceedings.
And when she was brought on in October of 2016, Hohe began producing immediately – clearing 152 cases in just over two months to put her on track to exceed the clearance rate of the previous occupant of the post.
A pilot program that allowed the city’s code enforcement representative to target junk vehicles that are left in plain sight has been a key component in proactively handling issues before they are reported – Lathrop operates its program on a complaint basis – and Hohe’s compensation has not yet required any additional funding from the Lathrop City Council since the code enforcement supervisor position was already approved as a part of the operating budget.
While staff and the council were expected to look into finding a permanent replacement for the slot during the last budget process, Hohe’s experience and success led to the decision to continue utilizing her services in retirement.
Hohe retired as Lathrop’s Police Chief in March of 2016 after a 28-year career with the Sheriff’s Office. 

To contact reporter Jason Campbell email jcampbell@mantecabulletin.com or call 209.249.3544.

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