January 18, 2019
At the end of September 2018, Keith Smith, the building inspector resigned due to conflicts. He was having a hard time building his own spec house and doing contractor work while serving as the county building inspector.
Supposedly, the BOC was considering hiring an outside company to do the building inspections in Jasper County. This would be an excellent idea, but it did not happen.
Instead, Shane Sealy hired Keith Smith back as the building inspector on 10/1/18–the very next day after Smith formally resigned. Smith was hired back as a subcontractor. When questioned about this arrangement, office staff said it was ok because “it saved money.”
If Smith builds a house and uses Mr. XYZ as an electrical/plumbing/etc. contractor, can he then inspect the work that Mr. XYZ does on other properties? Having a building contractor inspect other’s work, especially those he hires to work for him, is a big conflict, and the reason that Smith should have resigned in the first place.
Hiring a qualified outside source to do building inspections would be more fair and ethical with a lack of conflicts of interest.
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