Bryan reflects on career as building inspector

Ed Bryan is retiring this month after serving more than 18 years as building inspector for the Hardin County Planning and Development Commission.

Last Tuesday, building inspector Ed Bryan drove more than 100 miles to take on six footing inspections for new houses, two framing inspections for houses, final inspections on a house and framing inspections on two decks.

This was a typical day for Bryan, who throughout his career as building inspector for the Hardin County Planning and Development Commission estimates he has inspected more than 18,000 building projects.

After more than 18 years of service with the county, Bryan plans on retiring this month. His last day of work will be Sept. 24.

“I decided to retire to spend time on the farm and be with my wife and family,” he said, “Hopefully, I will be able to spend more time with my grandchildren.”

Bryan began his position as building inspector in July 2002. A native of Hardin County, Bryan previously work­ed in banking and went on to work for the city of Elizabethtown as a fire department dispatcher, assistant fire marshal and assistant building inspector. He also worked 16 years in commercial construction for Edwards Construction, Buzick Construction and Jenkins-Essex Construction.

Bryan partially credits his longevity with the Hardin County Planning and Development Commission to the direction he has received under the late former director Chris Hunsinger and current director Adam King.

“I have served this long because we have a great team and we work well together,” Bryan said.

King said over the years, Bryan has proven to be fair and consistent in his work.

“Over the last 18 years, the home builders and contractors have known what to expect during the building inspection and plan review process,” King said. “Being a building inspector is a tough and sometime controversial profession, but Ed has really made a positive impact on the community and come to be someone that the builders and public have trusted and respected, even if they didn’t always agree with the building code.”

Bryan said these relationships he has formed with area builders also have been a motivating factor in his longevity. He said he has maintained connections with building inspectors with the City of Elizabethtown and with many members of the Lincoln Trail Homebuilders.

“I enjoy getting to know people and helping them to understand the building code,” Bryan said, “We are blessed with some talented builders in the area.”

Jeff Camp, a building official for the city of Elizabethtown, said Bryan will be missed in the area construction industry.

“He has helped make Hardin County homes much stronger, safer and more valuable through his years of service,” he said.

In addition to his role as a building inspector, Bryan also has served in officer positions with the Elizabethtown Kiwanis Club, the East Hardin band boosters and the Central Hardin band boosters. He also has attended meetings of the Code Administrators Association of Kentucky over the past two decades. Looking toward retirement, Bryan said he hopes to spend more time on his farm, with his family and on trips.

“It has been a pleasure to work with Ed all these years and he will be greatly missed by all of us in the office as well as by the local contractors and builders,” King said.

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