Summit Construction Official Gary Lewis to Retire in January

(above) City of Summit Construction Official, Gary Lewis

Gary Lewis Set to Retire in January 2022

City of Summit

City of Summit Construction Official, Gary Lewis, will retire on January 28, 2022, after nearly 30 years of service in the Department of Community Services. Lewis joined the department in 1992, overseeing more than $3 billion in construction projects.

“Congratulations to Gary Lewis on a long and distinguished career,” says Summit Mayor, Nora Radest. “He has led the building department with great honor and dedication, managing a tremendous and growing volume of calls, permit applications and inspections. His profound expertise and wealth of experience has ensured the safety, health, and welfare of all persons and property in Summit. I wish Gary all the best in his well-deserved retirement.”

Gary Lewis is past President of the NJ Fire Prevention & Protection Association, and the current Chairperson of the International Building Code General Development Committee as well as the Montville Planning Board. He served as Chairman of the National Ad Hoc Committee on terrorism resistant building following the September 11th attacks.

Further, Lewis is the 2017 recipient of the International Code Council Fire Service Award. In 2019, he was conferred an honorary lifetime membership in the ICC. Lewis is a member of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers Technical Standards Committee and has been inducted into the National Fire Sprinkler Association Area Two Hall of Fame. Also, he was named NJ Inspector of the Year in 1992.

“Summit has undergone significant changes since 1992, and the level of private and corporate reinvestment in homes and commercial buildings is nothing short of amazing to me,” explains Lewis. “Throughout my time in Summit, I experienced tremendous, unwavering support for safe buildings and code enforcement from both city management and elected officials. It is unusual to find, and I greatly appreciate being able to effectively ensure the highest safety standards possible for the Summit community.”

Lewis is a 1981 graduate of Rutgers University and currently lives in Montville with his wife, Lisa.

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