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 case
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.