Nevada County’s building director plans to move on |

Nevada County’s building director plans to move on

Brian Washko, Nevada County’s chief Building Department official for the past eight years, will likely be taking a similar role with a larger county.

Washko has tentatively been offered the position of chief building official for the county of Sacramento, according to Nevada County Executive Officer Rick Haffey’s weekly memo.

Washko has plans to leave Nevada County service July 5.

During his tenure, Washko oversaw the implementation of several major revisions to the building code, including the conversion to the international building codes, Haffey said.

He initiated the scanning of old permit records to a digital format, making them available online for the public’s use. The technological innovation has been a major benefit for property owners, realtors and contractors, Haffey said. In addition, Washko implemented improved scheduling options for building inspections, introduced enhanced forms and instructions and has most recently applied a new system for digital submission of building permit plans and applications.

Chris Gunion, the supervising building inspector/plans examiner, will take over as the acting building official.

Gunion has been with the county since January 2011. He is certified as an international code council building official and has more than 17 years of building department work experience as an inspector and plans examiner in both California and Colorado. He holds an associate degree in building inspection technology. Gunion lives in Nevada City with his wife, Anne.

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