WATERVILLE — A Vassalboro man with a background in construction-related business has been hired as the city’s new code enforcement officer to succeed Garth Collins, who plans to retire.

Daniel Bradstreet, 40, who will start the job Oct. 2, was chosen from among six candidates who applied for the full time job and one of three interviewed, according to City Manager Michael Roy. Bradstreet will be paid $60,000 a year, not including benefits, he said.

“We really think he’ll be a very good fit for the city,” Roy said Monday. “He has been in construction-related work. He will have to work to get certified in various code enforcement requirements, but I’m confident he can obtain those certifications without any trouble. We’re glad to have him on board.”

A code enforcement officer issues all permits for new construction and for renovations in the city and investigates complaints of violations of the property maintenance ordinance or other building codes, according to Roy.

Collins has worked in the code enforcement office 17 years and became code enforcement officer in 2003 when Paul Lussier left that job, Roy said. Lussier, a developer, is now the city’s planning board chairman.

Roy said Collins will stay on for another month at least, to help with the transition.

“Garth really has performed over and above the call of duty, especially with the office going from 21/2 people down to one, so for the better part of 12 years or so, he managed the office all by himself,” Roy said. “I think the city should be very grateful for the time and effort he put in because the office changed quite a lot and I don’t think the workload changed at all.”

The code enforcement office, located on the third floor of The Center outside the council chambers, decreased in personnel from 21/2 people to one when City Hall was reorganized in 2003-04.

Bradstreet, who was hired for the job on Friday, said he is excited about the new position and looking forward to working for the city.

He has been a consultant working for Sheridan Corp. for about four years, he said.

“I handle pretty much project design, negotiate contracts. I deal with code compliance every day,” Bradstreet said. “Here at Sheridan I’ve been doing it on the commercial, industrial and institutional level, and before that I had 13 years experience in residential construction.”

Bradstreet said it is an exciting time in Waterville right now with a lot going on in the community and he is excited to get started in the new job.

The committee that worked to find a code enforcement officer consisted of Roy, human resource officer Bobbie-Jo Green and city councilors Lauren Lessing, D-Ward 3, and Jackie Dupont, D-Ward 7.

Amy Calder — 861-9247

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