Los Alamos County Code Enforcement Officer James Naranjo defies stereotypes of what an “enforcer” should be. In fact, his mild manner is one of the most noticeable aspects of his personality.
Naranjo sees that as an asset in his position.
“It does help to kind of go into situations, going onto people’s property, with a level head,” Naranjo said. “A lot of times people don’t even know that they’re in the wrong, if they didn’t know the county was enforcing stuff.
“So to go on their property trying to be bossy, to be the ‘enforcer,’ usually doesn’t get you very far. I’d probably get a lot of complaints with my supervisor.”
Following up on complaints about code violations is not easy.
“Obviously, whenever you’re stepping foot on somebody’s property and trying to tell them that either they’re doing something wrong or they can’t do something on their property, there’s always going to be a little bit of a confrontation,” Naranjo said. “Generally, the best way to approach it is, these are the rules. I didn’t make them, but I’m just here to tell you that that’s the way it is.