For the Troy Daily News
TROY — Richard Osgood, Miami County’s Director of Development, has been named the Harvey E. Wilbekin Ohio Building Official of the Year by the Ohio Building Officials Association (OBOA).
The award recognizes leadership, professionalism, and dedication to public service in activities related to promotion of reasonable construction standards, protection of the general public, and advancement of economic development opportunities.
Osgood came to Miami County last December after 18 years with the City of Sharonville, Ohio, where he served as the building official. His approach to public service is as a professional consultant to help the public comply with state adopted codes and regulations.
“I was both honored and humbled,” Osgood said. “Ohio has some of the finest code officials in the country, so this kind of peer recognition helps acknowledge and reinforce the near full reversal of our profession from its former perception as code police to the current practice as code consultants.”
County Commissioner, John W. “Bud” O’Brien, stated, “Miami County is privileged to have someone of Rich Osgood’s caliber leading our economic and development efforts. This award is a testament to Rich’s commitment to high standards and professionalism. We are fortunate to have Rich working on behalf of Miami County and our citizens.”
Osgood was recognized at the Ohio Building Officials Association’s annual banquet in Dublin, Ohio on February 6, 2017. The Ohio Building Official of the Year Award is named in honor of the late Harvey E. Wilbekin, former City of Cincinnati Director of Buildings and Inspections.