Gainesville has new building official

Published: Monday, April 22, 2013 at 4:19 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, April 22, 2013 at 4:19 p.m.

The city of Gainesville has hired a new permanent building official, filling the post with a candidate from the ranks of Alachua County government.

John Freeland accepted the city job in early April and is scheduled to begin May 1.

Freeland worked for the county 15 years, working his way up from inspector to building official, a job he has held for the past three years, according to the city.

Freeland will have a salary of $82,000.

Freeland has a “solid relationship” with the local building and development industry and has “been a leader” in more efficient permitting processes and the use of computer technology for inspection dispatch and reporting, Erik Bredfeldt, the city's interim director of Planning and Development Services, wrote in an April 8 memo.

Freeland also has a “strong commitment to support sustainable building technology that bridges the gaps between the builders, environmental interests and the end user,” Bredfeldt wrote.

The city has been without a permanent building official since Oct. 1 after the retirement of the former official, Doug Murdock. Since then, Chief Building Inspector Tom Panico has served as interim building official.

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