By Rob Ollikainen
Peninsula Daily News
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Sheila Roark Miller is the third woman to earn the distinction and the 26th overall in the state.
The Washington Association of Building Officials “supports and encourages professional accreditation for code officials to demonstrate qualification to administer state and local codes.”
It recognizes those responsible for “safeguarding life, health and property and promoting public welfare through the administration and enforcement of the codes,” according to its website, www.wabo.org.
The voluntary accreditation program requires an online examination about state laws related to building codes and their administrative procedures, architectural barriers and amendments.
Roark Miller got word that she passed the test last week and received a certificate of accreditation in the mail Monday.
She said the association is “very stringent” in its accreditation process.
Other accredited code officials represent cities, counties and private consulting firms.
County Commissioner Jim McEntire announced the accreditation at Tuesday's board meeting.
“That's undoubtedly a very involved, extensive process,” he said.
Roark Miller, the nation's only elected community development director, was elected in 2010. She has not publicly announced whether she will run for re-election this year.
Besides her recent state accreditation, Roark Miller holds certifications from the International Code Council in 13 areas, including building inspector, plans examiner, code official and fire inspector.
Reporter Rob Ollikainen can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5072, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.