Deb Bradway with Gila County Community Development Receives Award
Gila County Permit Technician Deb Bradway received the 2016 Permit Technician of the Year Award at the Arizona Building Officials (AZBO) annual meeting on July 13 in Payson.
Bradway has over 11 years of service as a permit tech with Gila County in Payson. Scott Buzan, chief building official for Gila County says the permit techs are the first friendly face or voice customers encounter when they inquire about or apply for a building permit, so they have to know about all facets of the process, including zoning, wastewater, floodplain, and building.
“A permit tech is the person that basically processes all the paperwork for a building permit,” says Buzan. They shepherd an application through permitting, doing things like looking at plans to make sure they meet submittal requirements and informing the customer of the County’s inspection requirements as well as scheduling the inspections.
Bradway is also in charge of training all of the new permit techs in the county, in both Globe and Payson. Buzan notes that in addition to being certified as a permit tech, Bradway sought out and received certification as a building inspector. “It’s another tool in her toolbox,” says Buzan.
In his nomination of Bradway for the award, Buzan writes that in her many years at Gila County, Bradway has “honed her permit tech skills to darn near perfection.” He also cites her customer service, problem solving, attention to detail, willingness to take on any assignment, dependability, and dedication to her job. “I can’t get her out of here,” says Buzan, adding that he often has to urge Bradway to use her vacation days.
AZBO is an educational organization committed to educating government jurisdictions, organizations, companies, contractors, and the general public on building codes. Gila County is a member of the Grand Canyon AZBO Chapter.