Derek started his government career in 2005 with the City of Fairborn, Ohio as a Code Enforcement Officer. There he learned and developed his knowledge for Municipal Codes. He identified Property Maintenance and Zoning Codes that were outdated which made them difficult to enforce. He soon started researching and proposing new code changes. He became Nationally Certified through the International Code Council as a Property Maintenance, Housing and Zoning Inspector. He eventually had an entire new Property Maintenance Code Section adopted. By 2012, Derek worked his way up to Chief Code Enforcement Officer overseeing a very busy and successful Division. Derek also became heavily involved with the administration of the City’s CDBG Grant Programs. Struggling with the overwhelming number of foreclosures and abandoned properties within the City, he researched and developed one of the area’s first Abandoned Property Registrations.
October 2012, Derek was offered a position as Code Enforcement Officer for the very fast-growing City of Marysville, Ohio. In Marysville he was tasked with basically rebuilding their Property Maintenance Program along with handling all Zoning Plan Review, Permitting and Inspections. Serving as Code Enforcement Officer while rebuilding the program, also conducting the Zoning Duties, it did not take long to realize this had become more than a one-person position. Derek proposed a new Zoning Division for the City. He would become the Zoning Administrator overseeing all Zoning and Code Enforcement activities. He was able to hire a full time Code Enforcement Officer who strictly enforced the codes. Derek was then able to successfully update the entire Exterior Property Maintenance Code as well as many of the Zoning Codes.
September 2018, Derek started his career with the City of New Carlisle, but not in his field of expertise. He wanted to try something new, so he was hired as a Water Treatment Plant Operator. Here he gained the knowledge and hands-on experience working with the City’s infrastructure. By the end of 2019, the City’s ever-growing need for a full time Planning Director who could not only take Property Maintenance where it needed to go but devote their time to the City’s Planning efforts. May of 2020, Derek was hired as the City’s new Planning Director. Shortly after, adding to part-time Code Enforcement Positions to the Department. In August 2020, Derek opened the City’s Tool Lending Center. This program provides City residents the opportunity to borrow tools at no cost to complete home maintenance and repairs. Derek hopes to implement many new programs in the coming future that will benefit the current residents, businesses and future residents and businesses.