Read more about Sam

Meet Sam, our Enforcement and Operations Officer who works to tackle one of the most serious issues blighting our rural communities...

What does your job involve?

I live in Stevenage and commute daily into work in a supplied council vehicle. As I live on the edge of East Herts, my work starts as soon as I enter the district. I am the Enforcement and Operations Officer, and I currently manage offences under the Environmental Protection Act dealing with flytipping and littering as the key subjects. I investigate flytips by going through the waste in a bid to identify the perpetrator, make enquiries with companies and data requests to establish who they are. I will also interview people under caution for the offences and carry out multi-agency work with the local policing team. I issue fixed penalty notices and take people to court with the assistance of our legal team to prosecute offenders.

What is your background?

My career background has been varied – from working within the building trade, public house management to then becoming a nightclub DJ on the global circuit, warming up for some very famous DJs. After hearing problems, I changed career and entered the Metropolitan Police service. I now work happily alongside the police as well as the National Farmers’ Union, housing associations and other agencies.

What do you think of East Herts as an employer?

East Herts council is a fantastic place to work and all the staff are so friendly and never fail to stop for a chat. It is a very diverse, welcoming and accepting employer and when I recently had a hate incident with a member of the public, they moved heaven and earth to protect me and deal with the situation. I believe I am a valued member of the team and entrusted to just get on with my job.

Why should people join East Herts?

I think the simple answer to this is what is stopping you. Come to a place where colleagues are your friends and the job satisfaction is awesome!