It is with great sadness and regret that I inform you of the death of a fellow Code Enforcement Officer earlier today.Code Enforcement Officer Charles Case of the Augusta, Georgia Code Enforcement Department was murdered today while engaged in official code enforcement duties.Unconfirmed reports state that Officer Case was attempting to issue a condemnation order at the suspect's property when he was shot and killed, allegedly by the property owner.I reached out to the Augusta Code Enforcement Manager earlier today on behalf of the association to offer our condolences and support.Please keep Officer Case, his family and his coworkers in your thoughts as they deal with this terrible tragedy.
This horrific incident serves as a reminder that there is no such thing as a "routine"code enforcement inspection and that violence towards code enforcement officers is a reality, not a perception, which must be acknowledged and addressed.CACEO will honor Officer Case's ultimate sacrifice and those who have fallen before him by strengthening our resolve and dedication of advocacy at the local and state levels for additional protections for all code enforcement officers. Please keep your wits about you, practice good officer safety skills and take as many preventative measures as possible to ensure you get home safely to your loved ones each night.
Darrell Revier CCEO
California Association of Code Enforcement Officers