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Powell hired as building official

The Gilchrist County Commission took action in their Monday, March 16 meeting to hire Bell native Tim Powell to the vacant Building Inspector/Code Enforcement officer position in Gilchrist County.

The Commission’s action followed an  introduction by County Administrator Bobby Crosby, who presented handouts from the reviewing committee of the two applicants. Commissioner D Ray Harrison, Jr. made a motion to hire Tim Powell as the Gilchrist County Building Inspector/Code Enforcement officer. Commissioner Sharon Langford agreed as she gave a second to the motion for further discussion. The county administrator reported the salary for the position would be $59,000 annually with full benefits. Gilchrist County Clerk Todd Newton reported the finance committee had reviewed the position and the consolidation of the two positions as 75/25 of the original salaries determined the salary at $55,000. Newton reported the consolidation of the positions would still be a savings to Gilchrist County. Commission Chairman Todd Gray called for a vote and the board approved the hiring of Tim Powell by a 5-0 vote.

Tim Powell was in attendance at the Monday meeting. He told the Commission that he is currently employed with Dixie County as the Building Inspector. On Tuesday morning he will provide his notice to Dixie County and will be ready to go to work in Gilchrist County when the time comes. The Commission advised that they would work with Dixie County to allow the building inspector to continue working in the county when he is needed until a replacement can be hired.

The county administrator reported the Code Enforcement department will be working from a new written out Code Enforcement complaint form. The Commission discussed the new form and determined that a signature would be necessary from the person submitting the complaint involving the violation. The Building Department staff would revise the form and the new complaint system would go into effect when the new officer begins work in the near future.

By John M. Ayers