Brandon’s building inspector of 14 years retires
January 21. 2014 9:55AM
Brandon Building Inspector Dave Swier retired from the position he’s had since Oct. 11, 1999.
His retirement plans were quietly announced last week, and the Brandon City Council accepted his written resignation – dated Jan. 10 – at Monday’s meeting.
In his written letter, Swier said, “It has been my pleasure to serve as the Building Inspector for the City of Brandon the past 14 years. I hereby notify the City of Brandon of my intent to retire from my position … effective immediately.”
Brandon City Administrator Bryan Read said the position is being advertised on the South Dakota Municipal League website, in Sunday’s Argus Leader and in this issue of the Brandon Valley Challenger.
According to minutes from the Council’s Jan 6 meeting, Swier’s salary for 2014 was set at $71,313.20, plus $30 per planning and zoning and park advisory meetings.
Read said the ideal candidate for the combined building inspector/code enforcement officer position should have experience in construction with building official certification.
Read said a “fairly aggressive timeline” is in place to fill the position. He hopes to make a recommendation to the City Council at one of their two March meetings, which are March 3 and 17.
In Swier’s absence, Read said the city is contracting these services from area organizations that have building inspectors.
“Things have slowed down a little,” Read said. “We sent out letters to those with active construction permits and said if they need an inspection, a 24- to 48-hour notice is needed.”
Linda Weber, who’s served on Brandon’s Planning & Zoning Commission for 10-plus years, was surprised to learn of Swier’s retirement.
“I’m flabbergasted and sad,” she said, "because the man is a plethora of knowledge, and he loves this city.”
Swier came to Brandon with 12 years’ experience as a building inspector in Huron, Los Angeles and Santa Clara, Calif. He succeeded Don Stoneall, who died unexpectedly in August 1999.
When Swier joined the city staff in 1999, the town’s population was 5,645, and a total of 310 building permits were issued that year. Brandon’s current population is 9,410. Last year, 357 building permits were issued.
Swier did not return a call made by the Challenger for comment.