County Comment: State Honors for County Employees

County Comment
State Honors for County Employees
by Norman Bassett
Washington County Public Information Officer

Two employees of the Washington County Department of Permits and Inspections (P&I) were honored recently for exemplary performance in their chosen field
Rob Smith was recognized as the Maryland Building Inspector of the Year and Sandy Schulte was honored as Maryland Permit Technician of the Year by the Maryland Building Officials Association (MBOA) as part of its fifth annual Extraordinary Service Awards recently.
MBOA's Extraordinary Service Award program recognizes an individual for effort and commitment to professionalism through the promotion and enforcement of Building Codes. "Building Inspector of the Year", "Plan Reviewer of the Year" and "Permits Technician of the Year" are awarded to individuals performing in those categories providing extraordinary service to the jurisdiction they serve.
Smith is Chief Inspector in the Department, and has 25 years on the job as a building inspector. He recently completed a leadership-training course and effectively implements those skills in creating the inspection team. He has promoted open lines of communication and information sharing with team members.
Smith played a vital role in implementation of mobile government solutions in Washington County. Under his supervision the County won a national award for placing the first inspection team in the field using wireless communications. The implementation has saved Washington County thousands of dollars in reduction of time spent for each inspection, and reducing time contractors must wait between requesting and receiving inspections.
His professional accreditation includes International Code Council (ICC) residential inspector certification in the building, mechanical and plumbing fields, commercial inspector certifications in all three fields and residential plans examiner certification. He holds state mechanical and plumbing licenses as well.
Sandy Schulte currently serves as Permit Administrator for the P&I Department and has 21 years experience in her chosen field.
Sandy was instrumental in moving the department toward converting to a paperless system and exhibits strong customer service and personnel management skills. Responsible for enforcement of all permit-processing policies, She works to ensure policies are updated on a continual basis. Working closely with the Chief Building Inspector, assists in field training for all permit technicians and is committed to providing leadership by example.
Schulte's professional accreditation includes completion of a leadership training course and the ICC Permit Technician certification.
Washington County Board of County Commissioners' President John Barr presented Employee Certificates of Merit to Smith and Schulte. In addition, State Senator Don Munson provided recognition to the pair in the form of a Senate Resolution.
The local certificates cited the individuals for their hard work and dedication to service to the Citizens of Washington County.
Established in 1971, the Maryland Building Officials Association (MBOA) is a professional organization comprised of over 400 county and municipal code enforcement officials from across Maryland. The Association's mission is to promote professionalism and consistency in the application and enforcement of building codes throughout the State. To accomplish its mission MBOA sponsors statewide education programs, disseminates code-related information, reviews and comments on legislation. MBOA is a chartered chapter of the International Code Council.