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DPW Recruits More Parking Enforcement Officers

Wednesday, March 28, 2001

The Department of Public Works has recently received approval from City Council to hire several dozen Parking Officers for its civilian Parking Enforcement Program. Active recruiting is underway.

Currently, the District of Columbia has 79 parking officers and supervisors, according to Leslie Hotaling, Acting Director of DPW. "In addition to metered parking, over 3,500 city blocks require enforcement of residential permit parking. Thanks to City Council and Councilmember Schwartz, DPW can hire the staff needed to help us meet the demands of our residents for that diligent enforcement," she said.

Parking officers provide enforcement of all parking laws, rules and regulations throughout the District. A city parking officer observes illegally parked vehicles and issues citations for violations; responds to citizen complaints of illegal parking on private property; reports abandoned vehicles for removal; enforces motor vehicle registration laws when license plates are expired; and inspects visitors and zone stickers in residential parking permit areas.

Parking officers drive or walk prescribed routes in assigned neighborhoods and business areas. Rather than physically writing tickets, most parking officers now use a hand-held "computer" to enter parking violation information. The citation is then printed from a small box worn on the officer's belt. All the information is downloaded into a database at the end of the day. Not only does this capture valuable data for the Department, but also prevents adjudication problems due to illegible tickets.

Applicants should be able to easily communicate in English and hold a valid driver's license. To be considered for employment, applicants must submit a completed DC form 2000 for Vacancy Announcement KA(18)-081, as well as police and driver's license clearance documents.

DC 2000 Applications and copies of the job announcement can be picked up from the personnel offices in most major city government buildings. These documents can also be viewed and downloaded from the DC government's Web site at Driving and police clearance records can be obtained at the municipal building at 301 C Street, NW at a cost of $5 each.