O’Connor named acting city building commissioner

Last Updated on September 9, 2016 by cassnetwork

A familiar face in the Logansport City Building has taken on a new role. Deb O’Connor, who has been serving as a secretary in the Building Commissioner’s Office, will serve as acting building commissioner. She succeeds Tom Harp who resigned early today.

O’Connor has been with the Building Commissioner’s Office for 19 years combined in two stints interrupted by a brief hiatus when she left to work in the private sector. Prior to working for the city, she had been employed with United Way for five years. She also worked for Reid Roofing.

“We’re fortunate to have someone of Deb’s caliber and experience who can step into a position like building commissioner and never skip a beat,” Logansport Mayor Dave Kitchell said. “Her background as a certified housing inspector allowed us some valuable expertise in case it was needed, and it is needed now.”

One of her first tasks will be to take on remaining structures in the extended Blight Elimination Program. In addition, she’ll continue to coordinate the issuance of permits in the Building Commissioner’s Office on the third floor of the City Building.

Meanwhile, the Logansport Board of Public Works and Safety will begin the search for a permanent replacement next week. Kitchell said O’Connor will be considered for the position.

O’Connor previously served as acting building commissioner. A 1971 Caston High School graduate, she has a son and a daughter and three grandchildren.

Harp, who resides in Miami County, had previously served in a similar capacity in former Peru Mayor Jim Walker’s administration.

SOURCE: News release from Logansport Mayor Dave Kitchell

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