Search on for city’s building official

Gary B. Gray • Jan 4, 2012 at 10:41 PM

Johnson City is now advertising for a new chief building official — a position that has not been filled for several years.

The person hired for this spot will make a minimum annual salary of $49,227 and report to Angie Carrier, Development Services Department director. Carrier is scheduled to start with the city on Monday.

Her position is newly created and borne from the consolidation of the city’s planning, community development, codes enforcement and geographic information systems departments, as well as the Metropolitan Transportation Planning Organization.

The building official position was vacated when Steve Shell retired a few years ago. Herman Marcum has been serving as the city’s interim chief building official since that time.

Human Resources Director Kevin Bratton said Tuesday the building position has been unfilled during this time.

“Mr. Marcum, if he applies and is not selected, will return to an inspector position,” Bratton said.

The person filling the position will plan, direct, and lead the city’s Code Enforcement Division within the Development Services Department. The CBO will lead a staff of 12 members to administer provisions of the municipal building codes, property maintenance codes and zoning ordinances, as well as the activities of the Board of Building Codes and Board of Dwelling Standards and Review.

Edwardsville, Ind.-based Matrix Consulting Group completed its departmental review and recommended to the City Commission in early April that city staff, builders and developers would be best served by they city consolidating its building codes and planning departments.

The company’s comprehensive review yielded some insight into how to better serve developers and make the permitting process clearer and more efficient for both parties.

Alan Pennington, Matrix vice president, told city officials combining these groups into one department or division should be the city’s highest priority, and City Manager Pete Peterson recommended to the commission that city staff, builders and developers would be best served if the city combined the departments.

In July, Peterson told the Johnson City Press the city had been able to save hundreds of thousands of dollars per year by leaving certain positions open and/or filling them with interim appointments.

“This is the first time these groups have come together to streamline the process, which will improve communication so that the city and developers work easily and efficiently together to ensure the economic progress of our community,” Peterson said last year after the decision was made to combine the departments.

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