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County Announces Master Building Official Appointment

January 11, 2021

January 11, 2021 (Botetourt County, VA) – Botetourt County has announced the appointment of Jim Whitten as Master Building Official and Development Services Manager effective January 1, 2021. In this role, Whitten will carry out the duties of building official for the County and oversee the Development Services staff, including supervising the County Engineer, building inspectors, and permit technicians.

“We are thrilled to have Jim take on a new role and provide leadership to our inspection, permitting, and plan review operations,” said Director of Community Development Nicole Pendleton. “Jim is a great asset to our team and the community.”

Prior to January 1st, Whitten had been serving as the County’s Capital Projects Manager, primarily focusing on the construction of the new Colonial Elementary School in Blue Ridge. He has over 40 years of construction/inspections experience, 30 years of management/supervisory experience, and 27 certifications by the International Code Commission, including the certification of Master Code Professional.

Whitten and the Development Services staff can be reached at (540) 928-2070 or by emailing