Aberdeen Building Department folded into Community Development

In a management restructuring move, the position heading Aberdeen’s Building Department will be eliminated and an assistant director will be added to the Community Development Department, saving the city some money. The City Council approved the shuffle Wednesday.

With the retirement of Building and Code Compliance Director Bob Waite at the end of the month, the city was able to “look for ‘efficiencies’” the personnel report said.

A new assistant community development director will likely be delegated most of the responsibilities for building inspection. The new assistant director will also “need some experience in planning” the report says.

“This is an overall salary savings to the city by the elimination of a department head and will lead to a more cohesive work group by combining the building and planning functions as has been done in numerous cities statewide,” the report notes.

The department, headed by Lisa Scott, will now include building and code compliance officer Bill Sidor, building inspector II Matt Anglesey and permit specialist Sherry Hammel.

The new assistant director will also help direct and attend citizen committee meetings under department jurisdiction to include: The Board of Adjustment, Planning Commission, Shoreline Hearings Board, Historic Preservation, Lodging Tax, Building Code Commission, Aberdeen Museum, Good Neighbor’s Revolving Loan Fund and Aberdeen Revitalization Movement.


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