County to temporarily use contractor for building inspections

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As the Washington County municipal government looks to find a permanent in-house person for the role, they will temporarily contract with Mike Geralds for building inspection services.

The County has been looking for a new inspector since the current one is set to retire. The agreement is on a month-by-month basis and the County will continue to advertise for another long-term inspector.

Geralds will not be an employee with the County, though the new permanent inspector would be.

Geralds, who is based out of Bay County, will be compensated approximately the same amount the current inspector has been paid, though Geralds is charging $75 for inspections. 

The County also had a previous offer to contract with outside regional agency E.P.C.I. Code Administration Services for inspection services. E.P.C.I. currently operates the building department for 14 cities, including Marianna, Cottondale, Callaway, Panama City, Parker, Springfield, Mexico Beach, and Port St. Joe.

Geralds made his proposal during a May 16 Board of County Commissioners meeting after E.P.C.I.’s proposal.