Ward appointed at code enforcement officer

John Ward, a former Whitehall resident, is already a Washington County code enforcement officer.

And since last Tuesday, he has been code enforcement officer for the Town of Whitehall.

At a special meeting of the town board, the board members unanimously approved Ward’s appointment, replacing Jamie Huntington, who had stepped down some time ago due to time conflicts with a new job.

Supervisor George Armstrong had said earlier that he had wanted to obtain Ward’s services. In the interim, Armstrong said he would act as compliance officer, a title the board changed to code enforcement officer at its special meeting.

“I want to get in and get out of the darned compliance business as soon as possible,” Armstrong said.

The supervisor only had to wait seven days. The motion to appoint Ward was made by Councilwoman Stephanie Safka and seconded by Councilman Farrell Prefountaine.

Councilman Dave Hollister praised Ward, saying the appointment was a “good choice.”

Armstrong seconded that opinion, saying, “John Ward is doing an excellent job for the county.”

The delay in Ward’s appointment was caused by the need to check if there would be conflict of interest if Ward held two code enforcement jobs, one for the town and the other for the county.

Armstrong said the county had assured him there was no conflict of interest, provided Ward carried out his town duties on his own time, and not the county’s time.

The new code enforcement officer, who is already working closely with Village Code Enforcement Officer Gary Bennett, will be patrolling the town at the start of April.

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