County Building Division Staff Honored By Florida Building Officials Association

The Palm Beach County Planning, Zoning & Building Department recently announced that two Building Division employees have been recognized by the Palm Beach County chapter of the Building Officials Association of Florida.

The awards recipients were Plans Specialist III Jacqueline Demarzo as Permit Technician of the Year and Assistant Deputy of Inspections MacArthur “Mac” Megie as Inspector of the Year. The ceremony was recently held at the Hilton Palm Beach Airport Hotel in West Palm Beach.

Demarzo has been with the county since 2004, and in 2009, she joined the Building Division as a clerical specialist. In addition to her high level of professionalism and dedication, she played a vital role in the implementation of the electronic plan review application, which has been extremely successful.

Megie joined the Building Division in 2018 as a building construction inspector II and became deputy of inspections in November 2023. In addition to his expertise and commitment to the division, he was instrumental in coordinating the tall building inspection process and the reopening of the Building Division’s South County office in Delray Beach.

“It’s impressive when a professional organization recognizes our employees for their knowledge and skill. Congratulations to Jackie and Mac for these well-deserved recognitions. Their hard work and dedication is admirable and does not go unrecognized,” Planning, Zoning & Building Department Executive Director Whitney Carroll said.

“This recognition from industry professionals is a testament to the challenges each person in the building safety industry faces daily to ensure that the structures and improvements to properties in Palm Beach County meet the Florida Building Code,” Building Official Doug Wise added. “We are very proud of these individuals and their contributions to the Building Division.”

A total of four awards were presented at the ceremony and included Robert Hill of the Village of Royal Palm Beach as Building Official of the Year and Al Blanchard of the Village of Wellington as Plans Examiner of the Year.

The Building Officials Association of Florida has 21 chapters and more than 3,000 members and is comprised of building officials, inspectors, plans examiners, architects, engineers, contractors, industry members and others mutually interested in the promotion and enhancement of public safety through diligent and consistent enforcement of applicable construction codes and regulations.

BOAPBC has been the local chapter of the association since 1974 and the local chapter of the International Code Council since 2001 with more than 200 members.