Longtime Johnson City building codes inspector Dave Jenny has been named the city’s chief building official.
The post was vacated a few years ago when Steve Shell retired. Herman Marcum has been serving as the city’s interim chief building official since that time.
Development Services Director Angie Carrier announced Monday that Jenny was promoted to fill the spot.
“I believe that we have found an invaluable asset within our department,” Carrier said in a news release. “He has an enormous amount of experience, is very knowledgeable, uses a common-sense approach to problem solving and he has a natural ability to lead.”
Jenny was hired to be the city’s first mechanical inspector in December 1984. He has spent the past 27 years inspecting all types of ventilation, heat and air units and gas installations. He is certified through the International Codes Council and the state Fire Marshal’s Office as a mechanical inspector, mechanical plans inspector and plumbing inspector.
He will make an annual salary of $49,227, supervise a staff of 12 in the Codes Enforcement Division of Development Services and report to Carrier.
“My first priority is organizing our division to be more efficient and friendly for our citizens and the building community,” Jenny said in the release.
Operating under the new umbrella of Development Services will help with that process, he added.
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.
City Manager Pete Peterson recommended to the City Commission that city staff, builders and developers would be best served if the city combined the departments, saying the move would “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.”
“We are working directly with planning and the fire marshal’s office,” Jenny said. “Our communication is quicker and more efficient.”
Carrier said Development Services is committed to a comprehensive approach to guide and shape quality development in the region.
“With Dave’s leadership, I feel confident our Codes Enforcement Division will help us achieve that mission.”