Bay St. Louis's new Code Enforcement officer, Don Siebenkittel, is already having a major impact: in the past six weeks, he's closed 20 cases and had two houses removed - all at no cost to the city.
- story and photograph by Lisa Monti
The heavy workload doesn’t faze Siebenkittel, and it’s not all that fills his packed schedule on and off the job. He continues to be chairman of Keep Waveland Beautiful. He also works part time as a corporal with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department and part time at Waveland Police. A lifelong outdoorsman, Siebenkittel trains field trial fox dogs, is involved in coastal cleanup efforts and is an avid gardener and hunter.
He brings an extensive background to the code enforcement job. He worked in law enforcement starting in 1992 with the Pearl River County and Hancock sheriff’s departments. More recently he also worked with the Waveland Fire and Police departments and in that city’s litter control and code enforcement. For 12 years he operated a flooring business in Hancock County.
Siebenkittel was born in Louisiana but considers Picayune his hometown. He and his wife, Kathyleen, live in Waveland. He loves the outdoors, especially deer hunting, and enjoys taking photos of nature and of the wildlife like foxes that he finds in the city.
Siebenkittel sees his code enforcement role as sort of a referee working to resolve issues with property owners on behalf of the city. “I like working with people,” he said. And if a property is not in compliance, he works toward a resolution.
His connections with other counties and cities also come into play on the job. “I try to work with other cities and want to keep a good working relationship with them,” he said.