CROWN POINT | An inspector has been hired to handle demands of newly enacted rental housing regulations.
Dean Luebcke, a former city firefighter, started on the job Monday, Mayor David Uran said.
Job duties of the post paying approximately $47,000 a year include inspecting apartments, verifying compliance and enforcing regulations that went into effect Jan. 1.
Luebcke was selected from among several applicants for the post by a panel made up of personnel with the city's Planning and Building and Human Resources departments, Uran said.
Luebcke's resume includes education and training in the construction technology and electrical contracting fields, as well as 34 years with the Crown Point Fire Rescue Department, where he was a lieutenant before retiring this year, Uran said.
"Those were very key components," to Luebcke being hired, Uran said.
Luebcke will occupy an office in the city Planning and Building Department, while the office of Planning Administrator Christopher Meyers has been moved from the Planning and Building Department to the On Broadway office complex on Broadway.
The move puts Luebcke in contact with the other building-related offices and places Meyers office in proximity to the Engineering Department, which also occupies space at 11035 Broadway in the On Broadway complex, Uran said. On Broadway also houses the city's parks, human resources, media and legal departments.
Regulations enacted this year call for the annual registration and inspection of every rental unit in the city. About 1,650 units had been registered by earlier this year of an estimated 2,500 existing units.
In adopting the ordinance, city officials said the rules were long overdue and will protect against poor housing conditions and overcrowding.