Chief Building Services Official Ron Bell Announces Retirement

Chief Building Services Official Ron Bell will retire on March 10, 2017, after 39 years with the Building Services Division of Planning and Building Services.

Bell started his career as a Plan Checker in 1977 and was promoted to Chief Building Services Official in 1984. During Bell’s career in that role, Building Services has plan checked, permitted, and inspected to ensure minimum life safety—including electrical, plumbing, and mechanical standards and more—for approximately $9.7 billion of construction. Since 1984, the team has issued more than 250,000 building permits, which include 43,797 new dwelling units, more than 19,000 of which were new single-family dwellings.

“It has been my honor and privilege to be a public servant for the City of Sioux Falls for the past 39 years. The architects, contractors, designers, homebuilders, members of the public, and the staff of Building Services are the best anywhere,” says Bell. “Butch Warrington will take over as Chief Building Services Official and continue the administration and application of the City’s building codes, standards, and ordinances. He and our current staff are eminently qualified to continue the level of service for which this community should be justifiably proud.”

Warrington began his employment with the City in February 1999 as a Mechanical Inspector and has been a Plans Examiner since 2002.

The media and public are invited to join Ron and his family for his retirement celebration on Friday, March 10, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the First Floor Commission Room at City Hall, 224 West Ninth Street. A short program will take place at 2:30 p.m., and refreshments will be served.