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Planning's New Faces

Recent additions to Planning's team include (standing from L) Assistant Chief Building Control Officer Lee Bodine and Combination Inspector Alex Zigmond; and (seated from L) Combination Inspector Suzanne Larson and Elevator Inspector Gerald Mazur.

Continuing its drive towards efficiency and safety, the Planning Department's Building Control Unit (BCU) recently added fresh faces to its staff complement.

Lee Bodine, Gerald Mazur, Suzanne Larson, Alex Zigmond and Nina Smith are working out of Grand Cayman's BCU office, while Benjamin Kant is based in Cayman Brac.

Mr Bodine is the assistant chief building control officer, operations; Mr Mazur is the Islands' first elevator inspector; Ms Larson and Mr Zigmond are combination inspectors; Ms Smith is a clerical officer; and Mr Kant is an electrical inspector.

Additionally, ten-year planning veteran Timothy Howard has stepped into his new role of structural and electrical building inspector, following undergraduate studies at Howard and Florida International universities.

"We are so pleased to have these individuals join us," Chief Building Control Officer Emerson Piercy commented. "They will help us to respond more efficiently to the community's increasing inspection needs."

Mr Bodine has more than 30 years' experience in the code enforcement and construction industries, and he holds multiple industry certifications and association memberships. His responsibilities include managing the daily operations of 15 building, mechanical, plumbing and electrical inspectors.

With decades of elevator industry experience, Mr Mazur is responsible for inspecting new and existing elevator and conveyance equipment in all three islands; he also will train fellow BCU staff in inspection procedures. He also assisted Mr Piercy in developing the department's elevator inspection process.

Combination Inspectors Suzanne Larson and Alex Zigmond will handle mechanical, electrical, structural and plumbing inspections for a number of public-sector projects, including the new Government Administration Building and the government schools.

Ms Larson has some 15 years' experience as an inspector in Oregon, USA, and multiple certifications and industry memberships. Hailing from the Ukraine, Mr Zigmond has nearly two decades of experience, and he holds multiple industry certifications and memberships with international associations.

Joining the department as its newest clerical officer, Ms Smith's responsibilities include processing applications from the public; issuing certificates of occupancy and building permits; and assisting with general enquiries. She previously worked as a teller and bank administrator, and with the Department of Children and Family Services.

Mr Kant, who is based in Cayman Brac, is a licenced master electrician and master installer of lightning protection systems. He has more than 15 years' experience and multiple industry certifications to the department, and is a member of the International Association of Electrical Inspectors.

An electrician by trade, ten-year Planning Department staffer Timothy Howard recently stepped into his new role of structural and electrical building inspector. Prior to joining BCU, he worked with companies such as Mega Systems, Rick's Electric and Corporate Electric. He has several industry certifications and association memberships.

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