James City County Director of Building Safety and Permits announced; Building Official appointed
June 15, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Steven W. Hicks, Development Manager
James City County Development Manager, Steven Hicks, recently announced Thomas W. Coghill as the new Director of Building Safety and Permits. In conjunction with the position, Coghill has been appointed by the Board of Supervisors as the County’s Building Official. He fills the positions left vacant after the retirement of Doug Murrow.
Coghill comes to this position with over 30 years in the building industry. He began his career with James City County in 1996 as a building inspector. Through subsequent promotions he has also served as a plans examiner and most recently Chief Plans Examiner. Coghill has also completed several special assignments as Acting Director of Code Compliance, Acting Building Official and Damage Assessment Manager. Steven Hicks said, “Tom has long been recognized for his ability to resolve issues and work with community to ensure the safety of buildings in James City County. He is very qualified for this appointment and I look forward to him implementing some new ideas that will make this division more efficient and business friendly.”
Coghill holds an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science from Thomas Nelson Community College where he majored in Architecture. He is certified as a Building Official by the Commonwealth of Virginia and the International Code Council. He is also certified as a building plans examiner, fire protection plans examiner, building inspector general, mechanical inspector and plumbing inspector. In addition to his County duties, Coghill serves as Secretary/Treasurer for the Virginia Building Code Official’s Association (Region 8).
Coghill’s interest in architecture and construction developed at an early age while working during summer vacations as a carpenter’s helper for his father, a builder specializing in high-end custom homes and commercial construction. After graduating from Essex High School in Tappahannock, Virginia 1974, he worked for his father full-time and later took on the responsibility of running the business. In 1989 he moved to the Williamsburg area, working for Spencer Builders as a construction superintendent, estimator and architectural draftsman.