Written by Brandon Jarvis
CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA — The International Code Council has honored Richard Witt, director of Building Inspection for Chesterfield County, by awarding him the 2016 Gerald H. Jones Code Official of the Year Award.
Witt has served Chesterfield County for 32 years, and has dedicated his professional career to building safety. He started with the county working in code enforcement.
“I was deeply honored to receive this national award from my peers and appreciate Chesterfield County supporting my participation at the national, regional and statewide levels,” Witt said. “This award really is attributable to the outstanding employees of Chesterfield County Building Inspection’s hard work each day to obtain compliance with all the codes in a customer-focused manner.”
The Gerald H. Jones Code Official of the Year Award is given to an individual who demonstrates professional abilities that are an example for all members of the code enforcement profession, and advances the cause of safety in the built environment. The award is presented in recognition of service by the founders of the three model code organizations: Albert H. Baum, M.L. Clement and Phil Roberts.
Witt is a lifetime member of the Virginia Plumbing and Mechanical Inspectors Association, serves as an executive committee member for International Code Council Region VII and served as the Virginia Building and Code Officials Association representative on the Virginia Board of Housing and Community Development. Witt was instrumental in the expansion and growth of the Virginia Building Code Academy, as well as the Building Code Academy Advisory Committee.
See the ICC’s video about the award.