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Senior Building Official Elected to ICC Board of Directors

Kenton County Senior Building Official Jeff Bechtold was elected to the International Code Council (ICC) Board of Directors during the association’s recent 2014 Annual Conference. The Code Council develops codes and standards that states and local jurisdictions use in the construction of safe homes and buildings to create strong communities. The ICC Code is the basis for the Kentucky Building Code which is mandatory for all jurisdictions across the commonwealth.

“Those who serve as volunteers on the Code Council Board of Directors are leaders in the profession who devote their time, energy, and expertise to ensure public safety in the built environment,” said ICC Chief Executive Officer Dominic Sims. “We thank them for their leadership, and we thank their local jurisdictions for supporting their service.”

As Senior Building Official, Bechtold pursues both plans examinations and field inspections in all phases of construction except for plumbing and electrical in Kenton County. He is one of five building officials employed by Planning and Development Services of Kenton County (PDS), the public agency that provides building, zoning, and property maintenance services for 17 of Kenton County’s 20 local governments.

Bechtold was appointed to a two-year term by the governor to the Single-Family Dwelling Advisory Committee for Kentucky’s Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction. He was a volunteer firefighter serving the cities of Erlanger and Elsmere. Active in code development, he also has served on the ICC’s Means of Egress Code Change Committee.

“We’re very proud of Jeff’s election to this position,” said Dennis Gordon, PDS executive director. “We work hard to find and keep the best professional staff possible to serve the people of Kenton County. Jeff’s election is indicative of the professionalism and service mindedness that our staff possesses.”

The International Code Council is a member-focused association. It is dedicated to developing model codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process to construct safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures. Most U.S. communities and many global markets choose the International Codes.