After leaving the city building department only to return two previous times in 17 years, Bill Davis, deputy code official, says retirement is a sure-fire thing this time around.

Davis announced Feb. 6 that his last day on the job will be April 12.

“It’s time for me to enjoy my retirement,” he said.

Davis started with the city in February 2001 as deputy code official, where he added a new dimension by bringing his BOCA certification to the building department.

He was a BOCA-certified inspector for plumbing, mechanical and electrical for one- and two-family dwellings, a BOCA certified building plans examiner and inspector for commercial buildings.

Davis’ credentials gave the city the ability to handle all plan reviews for new construction in-house, with the goal of building a better relationship between builders and the building department.

In a continuing education process, he earned inspector certifications for property maintenance, building, mechanical, plumbing commercial building, residential electrical, building plans reviewer and residential combination.

Davis left the city in February 2004, but eight months later he was rehired as deputy code official. In January 2012, his title was changed to building inspector.

In an effort to simplify the permit process, in March of 2013 Davis created booklets for residents who needed a building permit. The colorful pamphlets are still available in a stand located in the lobby of city hall.

Davis announced the decision to retire and again left the city in April 2016, but was rehired part time in May 2016 as deputy code official.

He is a member of the Missouri Association of Code Enforcement (MACE), Missouri Association of Code Administrators (MACA), International Code Council, and Franklin County Building Inspectors Association.