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Hearing Examiner Appointed to Clarksburg Code Enforcement Complaint

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A hearing examiner has been named to handle a complaint filed by the West Virginia Fire Commission about the city of Clarksburg's Code Enforcement office.  Jeff Blaydes has agreed to serve as the hearing examiner following allegations that the city was not using a current building code, said Lawrence Messina of the West Virginia Dept. of Military Affairs and Public Safety.  Blaydes is expected to be formally appointed later this week.

The Fire Commission has alleged that Clarksburg Code Office employees were unlicensed or had invalid continuing education certificates and that employees utilized an unlawful building code to target specific properties and property owners.  The Fire Commission, through the Attorney General's Office, serving as legal representation for the commission, ordered the city's code enforcement office cease and desist operations until it adopts a current state building code and employees obtain valid continuing education certificates.

The Fire Commission's counsel has continued to seek a meeting with Clarksburg city officials, in addition to people named in the case, to address the issues, said Messina.  Blaydes is expected to set a hearing regarding the complaint in August or early September.
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