New city, county inspectors put construction backgrounds to work


County building inspector Scott Williams has been on the job since April. He previously owned Williams Builders and has worked in several construction-related jobs. (Tom Russo / Daily Reporter)

Scott Williams checks a new residential construction site in New Palestine. The new county building inspector has to address the 300 outstanding building permits that have never been closed out, some going back to 2008. (Tom Russo / Daily Reporter)

GREENFIELD — With more than 60 years of combined construction experience under their belts, the area’s two new public building inspectors have hit the ground running.

The city of Greenfield and Hancock County hired new building inspectors in the spring, filling vacancies in their departments. The jobs are important: Inspectors address blighted properties and ensure new homes are safely constructed.

Scott Williams is the new county inspector, and Erikk Knapp is the new city inspector. Both say their background in construction helps them perform their jobs and relate to builders.

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