Echevarria recently completed a 36-hour course in Code Enforcement offered by the Texas A&M Extension Service at the Public Works Building in Laredo.
The course ran from Oct, 13-17 with a focus on how municipal authorities can make sure city ordinances and codes are being enforced.
Echevarria said she only needs to take a test to become a certified code enforcement officer. But the new title will allow her to enforce building codes, sign ordinances, zoning laws and other ordinances.
She will be the city’s only certified code enforcement officer after she passes the test. She works directly under City Building Inspector Lanny Holland.
“I’ll continue to do what I’m doing,” Echevarria said. But the certification will enable her to issue citations and obtain administrative warrants to search property.
“It was a very interesting class,” she said. “I learned a lot. But much of what they taught me I already knew because Lanny taught me so well.”