Chief building official sought to succeed a City Hall legend |

Chief building official sought to succeed a City Hall legend

by Jay Hamburger OF THE RECORD STAFF

City Hall early in the week posted an employment advertisement seeking a chief building official, a step that comes nearly five months after Ron Ivie retired from the position after holding it for 30 years.

The deadline for applications is Jan. 14. Park City Manager Tom Bakaly said the position is being advertised in national trade publications as well as City Hall’s website. The posting was put on the municipal website on Monday.

Bakaly said he wants people who already work for City Hall to submit their names for the position even though the selection will be made through an open recruitment.

"I’m obviously hopeful people within the city apply," Bakaly said, adding that he anticipates there being lots of interest.

Bakaly said three people from the City Hall ranks submitted applications to serve as the interim chief building official once Ivie retired. Roger Evans was selected for the interim position.

The chief building official oversees the Building Department, a highly visible department with wide-ranging responsibilities in both private-sector and municipal construction projects.

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The hiring decision rests with Bakaly. He said he hopes someone is hired by February or early March, which would put someone into the position as the construction season approaches.

The employment advertisement requires candidates have a bachelors degree in engineering or a related field and 10 years of experience in building inspections, with City Hall wanting the person to have showed increasing responsibilities in their career. The person must have at least two years in a supervisory role or as an assistant chief building official or a chief building official.

The position pays between $68,979 and $90,925 annually.

The person will succeed a legend among building officials in the state. Ivie oversaw construction projects during Park City’s boom years, starting in the 1980s and extending through the period after the 2002 Winter Olympics. He is credited with influencing building codes as well.

The construction industry posted record-setting years in the time between the Olympics and the onset of the recession. The numbers, though, have fallen sharply during the recession.

The next chief building official, if they are a long-term hire, could be the figure who regulates construction projects like the expected development at Deer Valley Resort’s Snow Park parking lots and the anticipated remake of the Bonanza Park district.