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Building and Electrical Codes Expert Witness

Keywords

Building Codes, Florida Building Code, National Electrical Code, Fair Housing Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Building Inspector, Building Code Violations, Accessibility Code, Building Code Deficiencies, Electrical Inspector, Construction Inspector,

Florida

Expert Witness No. 819

Florida

Work Experience

A Company
Tallahassee, Florida
2005 - present
Vice Chairman, Building Code Administrators and Inspectors Board. My duties include approving and denying applications for licensure for building code inspectors, plans examiners, and building officials. I also impose discipline on licensees violating Florida Statutes Section 468 laws and Florida Administrative Code rules. I vote to approve or deny stipulated agreements between the state and licensees. During my present appointment with the Florida Building Code Administrators and Inspectors Board, I have participated in Florida Administrative Code rule development and drafted proposed Florida Administrative Code language, subject to review by the Florida Joint Administrative Procedures Committee.
The Board insures protection of the public by conferring with and providing instruction to DBPR lawyers and legal staff. I monitor the prosecution of cases. I inform DBPR lawyers when cases are not processed timely. I inform DBPR lawyers when cases lack overall quality both in content and execution. I inform DBPR lawyers about Florida Statutes ยง468 laws and Florida Administrative Code rules. I also approve and/or make changes to agendas and run board meetings in the absence of the Chairman, responding to licensee and consumer inquiries.

Bureau Veritas
Jupiter, FL
March 2005 - April 2009
In charge of Project Management and Code Compliance. Duties included but were not limited to supervision and performance of threshold engineers, engineers acting as private providers, inspections and plan review. Reviewed sealed construction plans prepared by licensed architects and licensed engineers and cited code deficiencies. Explained code violations to licensed architects and licensed engineers. Researched and enforced codes in regard to Americans with Disabilities Act, Florida Accessibility Code, and Fair Housing Act. Also maintain relationships with architects, engineers, builders, developers, property owners, and school boards while providing a code-compliant building for the end user. During my tenure with Bureau Veritas, I served as Building Official for the Town of Jupiter Inlet Colony (Palm Beach County).

M.T. Causley, Inc.
Homestead, FL
September 2003 - March 2005
Building Official, Plans Examiner, and Inspector. Supervised building departments. Provided commercial electrical inspection as well as multi-trade one and two family dwelling inspection, and other building official services. Reviewed sealed construction plans prepared by licensed architects and engineers and cited code deficiencies. Services were provided for city and county governments, school boards and universities, and private development. During my tenure with M.T. Causley, Inc., I served as Building Official for the City of Marathon (Florida Keys), and the City of Largo (Pinellas County).

Pasco County Building Dept.
New Port Richey, Florida
From December 1999 - May 2003
Chief Electrical Inspector. Planned, assigned, directed, and supervised the work of inspectors and staff, and gave assistance on difficult and unusual problems. Performed electrical inspections and related inspections. Conferred with superior on general policies related to, departmental policy, investigative assignments, and related matters. Explained and interpreted building specifications to interested parties. Prepared and maintained technical records and reports. Explained and enforced FEMA regulations and ordinances.
Explained and interpreted the Florida Energy Code and Florida Statutes. Reviewed sealed construction plans prepared by licensed architects and engineers and cited code deficiencies. Investigated consumer complaints. Analyzed permitting records to ensure compliance with required fees and penalties if applicable. Issued county ordinance violations when necessary.
Responsibilities also required being a mentor to 10 electrical inspectors during the course of each day. Code questions were handled immediately over the radio with little or no forewarning of the situation at hand. Instructed subordinates to tactfully enforce the electrical codes fairly and firmly. At the same time, maintained effective and ongoing relationships with architects, engineers, builders, developers, homeowners, and power companies.

Pinellas County Building Dept.
Clearwater, Florida
May 1997-December 1999
Electrical Inspector II. Made inspections of new electrical systems or modification of old electrical wiring systems, motors, equipment and related electrically operated apparatus. Performed electrical inspections and related inspections. Insured that all work conformed to laws and ordinances. Checked each project for defects, omissions, violations, and other departure from correct procedure; issued notice of non-compliance where work was not correct. Issued court citations to repeat violators and represented Pinellas County in court proceedings. Made routine and periodic patrols and inspections of areas assigned to check for violations and hazardous conditions. Investigated complaints of defective installations and reports of potential hazards. Assisted in the initial training of lower level Electrical Inspectors. Reviewed sealed construction plans prepared by licensed architects and engineers and cited code deficiencies. Performed data entry and retrieval functions in researching violations and scheduling inspections.

Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation
Division of Regulation - Legal
Northwood Centre
Tallahassee, Florida
July 1995 - October 1998
Expert witness. Contracted as an expert witness. Provided expert opinion in all areas which pertain to electrical and electrical contracting. Opinions were based on years of experience as a licensed contractor.

New Southern Electric, Inc.
New Port Richey, Florida
April 1991 - May 1997
Scheduled the assignments of crews and supervised and reviewed the work of employees involved in daily maintenance/service or construction and renovation of buildings. Reviewed proposed and final design/construction of new or modified facilities and provided input as to practicality of operation and ease of maintenance. Prepared budget, prepared weekly work schedules. Interviewed and hired new personnel, and provided technical assistance to employees regarding codes, ordinances, and laws. Made inspections to determine if construction was being performed as required. Wrote technical specifications for purchases and services. Maintained operational records and insured necessary tools, supplies, materials and equipment were available for job completion. Investigated and defined problem areas, conducted studies and recommended solutions and courses of action. Prepared sales tax, federal tax, and workers compensation reports.

Gulfview Electric, Inc.
Port Richey, Florida
December 1989 - April 1991
Journeyman Electrician. Wired new homes and commercial buildings in conformance with codes, laws, and ordinances. Maintained lighting and equipment in buildings and detected and corrected causes of electrical failure. Detected and corrected breakdowns in equipment. Installed new service wiring for electronic communications and maintained inventory of critical parts and supplies. Operated specialized equipment. Interpreted and insured compliance with law and codes. Supervised new electrical helpers and offered instruction and advice.

Education

Nassau Community College
One Education Drive
Garden City, N.Y. 11530
A.A.S. Electrical Engineering Technology
Degree issued May, 1985

The Wheatley School
11 Bacon Road
Old Westbury, N.Y. 11568
High School Graduate
Diploma issued June 1982

Computer Skills

Operating Systems

Windows XP, Windows NT, Windows ME, Windows 2000.

Software / Applications

Microsoft Office XP, Microsoft Office 2007, Microsoft Office 2000, Microsoft Office 1997, MS Word, MS Excel, MS FrontPage, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Outlook, Outlook Express, PowerPoint, Adobe Photoshop, Photofiltre, Adobe Illustrator, Lotus 1-2-3, Publisher, Turbo Tax, Quicken.

Languages and Scripts

Java, JavaScript, HTML, DHTML, TCP/IP, XML, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS).

Hardware

Compaq, Hewlett Packard, Acer, Dell, Gateway, Intel Network Adapters, Level One Router, Routers, Switches / Hubs, Raid / Mirror, TI / DSL / ISDN / Frame Relay, HP Printer Laserjet 1012, Okidata printers, IBM PC-XT, AT, PS-2; PC clones:
Acer, Dell, Gateway, HP9000, IBM 36/38/AAS400

Licenses and Certifications

Available upon request.

References

Available upon request.

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