Martin G. Collins attended the State University of New York at Albany where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree and Rutgers University School of Law where he was awarded a Juris Doctorate. In addition, he received a Masters of City and Regional Planning from Rutgers Center for Policy Research.
He has been employed in the Counsel's Office of New York City's Department of City Planning and in both staff and management positions with New York City's Housing Litigation Bureau. As Director of Operations for New York's Division of Evaluation and Compliance, Department of Housing Preservation and Development, he was involved in various housing loan and rehabilitation, tenant management and housing-related litigation programs. He has held the positions of Code Enforcement Administrator, followed by Construction Inspection Administrator, Deputy Commissioner and Commissioner for Milwaukee's Building Inspection Department, n/k/a Department of Neighborhood Services.
Mr. Collins is retired from the City of Milwaukee and from the practice law in Wisconsin, New York and New Jersey; he is an associate member of the American Association of Code Enforcement. He also retired from state certification in commercial construction and housing construction inspection. He is the past chair of the Wisconsin Fire Prevention Council and of Milwaukee's Drug House Abatement Oversight Committee.
From1984 through 2011, Mr. Collins annually taught Existing Housing Inspection Administration and Management at UW-Madison's Annual Professional Development Program's Housing and Building Inspection. He has been a member of and has chaired the AACE/ICBO Zoning Certification Committee and chaired the International Property Maintenance and Zoning Inspector Certification Examination Committee. Other instruction has been presented to groups sponsored by BOCA International, the International Code Council, the American Association of Code Enforcement, various state code enforcement associations and EDUCODE. He has received innovation awards in 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000 for work in the code enforcement field. One of his innovations was awarded "Best Crime Prevention Program in Wisconsin for 2003." In 2009 the American Association of Code Enforcement awarded him the first Award of Excellence. He also understands that none of one’s education, accomplishments, or experience is as important as how one applies it today and tomorrow.
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The Art of Code Enforcement
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Nearly every political jurisdiction in America has adopted codes that regulate the built environment. This book is not a code but rather a practical guide for code enforcement administration. The topics range from voluntary compliance to effective sanctions for noncompliance and are of use to all those who are seeking to improve the maintenance of the building stock in their communities.
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