Mayor Hicks-Hudson says that business is booming in Toledo and the City must take action to improve the timeliness of its inspections to keep things moving in the right direction. “Our Inspection Division is overwhelmed with new demand,” says Hicks-Hudson. “We have a backlog now, and cannot get inspections done as quickly as needed because of insufficient staffing.”

Economic Development Director Calvin Lawshe notes that clerical and administrative help as well as additional inspectors are needed to manage the strong economic activity we are now experiencing in Toledo.  Since just 2015 the Division of Building Inspection has seen a 42% increase in activities requiring its services.

Mayor Hicks-Hudson announced Julian Highsmith will begin as Commissioner of Building Inspection effective today.  Commissioner Highsmith will lead interviews and select new Inspection team members to reduce wait times for the business community. Mr. Highsmith had previously served as Commissioner of Fleet & Facilities, retiring in May of 2014.