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Susan Cunningham

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Chief building official hired

Carl Dunham, who has worked as the assistant building official for the Routt County Regional Building Department for seven years, has been hired as the chief building official.

Dunham has worked for 17 years with the county and has been filling in as the chief building official for the past year, since the termination of former department leader Mark Marchus.

The county was happy that Dunham was interested in the position, County Manager Tom Sullivan said.

“I think it’s pretty great that the person that we have on staff rose above the rest,” Sullivan said.

Dunham was out of town Tuesday and could not be reached for comment.

A committee formed to find a replacement for Marchus interviewed four people about two weeks ago, Sullivan said. Those four candidates were chosen from 15 applicants. The committee included representatives from the Building Department Users Board, the Yampa Valley Construction Trades Association, the city of Steamboat Springs and the county.

The committee members unanimously agreed to offer Dunham the job, Sullivan said.

“We’re pleased to be moving forward in this … and happy to have Carl on board,” Routt County Commissioner Doug Monger said. “We feel that will bring continuity.”

Monger elaborated that Dunham continues to provide the friendly and helpful atmosphere established in the building department during the past few years.

“I personally know he recognizes who his employers are, and that is the users in the county, the constituents,” Monger said.

There always are benefits to hiring within an office, Monger said, because there is less of a learning curve and relationships already are established.

The county has started advertising for the assistant building official position.

Marchus, the former department leader, was terminated almost a year ago on allegations that he did not create a good working environment at the department and violated county gift polices, which he consistently denied.