SARASOTA COUNTY – Kathleen Croteau has accepted a conditional offer to become Sarasota County’s new building official, it was announced Thursday.
Croteau joined Sarasota County in 2011 as the deputy building official. She has served as the county’s interim building official since September 2015.
The county building official is responsible for the administration and coordination of the Florida Building Code, including permit reviews and inspections for the Planning and Development Services (PDS) department.
“We’re excited to have someone of Kathy’s extensive background and experience in both the public and the private sector working in this role,” County Administrator Tom Harmer said. “Kathy was selected after successfully competing in an extensive search process to fill this important position. As the current interim building official, Kathy’s appointment would allow for a smooth transition as we move forward.”
Croteau is vice president of the Gulf Coast Chapter of the Building Officials Association of Florida and is licensed as a state building code administrator, building plans examiner, building inspector and fire safety inspector.
Her previous work experience includes seven years with the City of Cape Coral as a building/fire plans examiner, site and development coordinator and deputy building official. From 1989-2004, she served as president of a structural steel and ornamental metals business.
“The building official serves a key role in Sarasota County, especially as we see increased building activity following the economic recession,” said PDS Director Tom Polk. “Kathy is well suited to provide and promote the kind of excellent customer service that Sarasota County prides itself on.”
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