Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Hendry County Looking For Building Official

LABELLE, FL. -- Hendry County has lost one more top official. Building and Zoning Director Ken Bennett left officially January 27 and the county is scrambling to find a replacement. Bennett reportedly left Hendry to take a position with another local area county. One Hendry building inspector has also left his office as well.

An advertisement on the website of the Building Officials Of Florida indicates the county will pay up to $72,000 yearly depending on experience for a new director. The county is up against competition from other counties looking for building officials, in some cases paying over $100,000 yearly. Other building positons also have simpler jobs such as plan reviewers and inspectors, but paying as much as Hendry county pays for a Building Director.

The new person would be responsible for daily operations and management of 23 staff members involved in building permitting, inspections, contractor licensing, and code enforcement functions. The new Director will also perform some inspections and conduct plan review, prepare budget and monthly reports to the Planning and Development Director. A Building Code Administrator certification approved by the State of Florida is required. Good luck Hendry county.

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