Town's code enforcement officer resigns

WARRENSBURG For 20 years, hes been inspecting buildings, examining sewer systems, evaluating construction plans and delivering violation notices. In his work, hes made some people smile and left others angry or frustrated. But on April 11, his work for the Town of Warrensburg will officially be over. Town Zoning and Code Enforcement Officer Brian Lace resigned Wednesday. Its been a stressful job, Lace said Monday. No matter which way you twist and turn, youre wrong Ive decided to hang it up. Fifty-seven years old, Lace said Monday the jobs stress aggravated the problems he was having with his back and spine, and that he would be applying for disability retirement benefits. Warrensburg Town Supervisor Kevin Geraghty said that during Laces tenure, vast changes had taken place in land use regulations and construction regulations. Brian helped bring the town into the 21st Century, Geraghty said. His wealth of knowledge will be hard to replace. The town board will soon be advertising the position and interviewing candidates for the job, he said. The post pays $32,334 per year. Citing ongoing back problems, Lace has been on sick leave since July, drawing full pay during that time. Laces administrative assistant, Patty Corlew, has taken on Laces duties while hes been off work. Corlew said Tuesday she is not applying for the permanent position. Geraghty the town was fortunate to have her fill in temporarily. In seeking to fill the post permanently, Geraghty said, the board will be looking for someone with knowledge of state building codes and zoning laws, and the ability and will to enforce the codes in an even-handed manner. Its a tough job, Geraghty said. its not very popular, especially when you enforce the codes fairly.

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