State steps in as Warren seeks building inspector


State officials have stepped in to help Warren, which has been unable to find a new building inspector following the resignation of William Nash at the beginning of June.

Despite two rounds of advertising the open position — the most recent application deadline passed last friday, July 18 — town officials have received no applications for the position, which was cut to part time by voters at the Financial Town Meeting in May. Barrington building inspector Bob Speaker had been filling in on an on/off basis, but is not in that role anymore.

Warren Town Manager Thomas Gordon said Tuesday that the state Building Code Commissioner has helped Warren secure the services of Gareth Eames, a Little Compton resident who formerly served as the building official in Tiverton. He was brought in when it became clear that Mr. Speaker needed to step away from Warren and devote more time to his full time job in Barrington.

Mr. Gordon said Mr. Eames will be working as temporary/acting building official and zoning officer, and will put in no more than 15 hours per week. Meanwhile, the town continues to search for a permanent part time inspector.


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