NORWICH – Chenango County Fire and Building Code Enforcement Officer Bruce Bates has left his position after 10 years of service to the county, and officials are having a difficult time finding a qualified replacement.
Bates served as code enforcement officer for the previous four years and was a building inspector with the Department of Public Health prior to that. During his time with the department, Bates achieved both his associate’s and bachelor’s degree, taking weekend and night time classes, which ultimately led him to his current appointment as code officer.
Bates’ last day at codes will be Aug. 29. After that, he will take a position with the Town of Ithaca as its director of code enforcement. He said the new job will nearly double his current county salary, which is just shy of $40,000.