A St. Johns County employee will take over duties as the city of St. Augustine Beach’s building official next month.
Brian Law will start as the full-time building official on Dec. 4 for $78,000 a year, City Manager Max Royle said. Royle said Law’s work with the county includes reviewing building plans, but full details of his resume weren’t available on Wednesday.
Current Building Official Gary Larson will remain on staff full time until Dec. 31, Royle said. After that, he will begin part-time work until inspections are complete for the Embassy Suites hotel at A1A Beach Boulevard.
Royle said that because the hotel is a complex project, he believes Larson should stay with the city part-time to make sure the hotel is built in accordance with city codes. But Larson won’t be directing the building department, Royle said.
Whenever hotel inspections are complete, Larson will not be employed with the city, Royle said. It’s not clear how early in 2018 those inspections will be done, he said.
Law grew up in the area and lives near City Hall, Royle said. Law couldn’t be reached for comment on Wednesday.
Royle said the city advertised for a new building official and received applications from 10 candidates, five of whom didn’t meet basic qualifications.
The building official’s work includes enforcing building codes, performing commercial inspections and acting as liaison for the planning and zoning board, Royle said.