North STAR Awards

North STARs are awarded to outstanding leaders. The North STAR winner is: Todd Hoekstra, lead building inspector in Construction Code Services, Community Planning and Economic Development.

Building Inspector Joseph Schumann nominated Hoekstra for being a strong team leader.

“Todd met with a disgruntled Code Compliant permit applicant who did not want to follow the orders on the property. Todd laid out the program goals clearly and precisely so the applicant could understand why the orders needed to be followed. Even though the permit applicant continued to go up the chain of command to try and get the answer he wanted, Todd held his ground on the issue and eloquently explained to others who were contacted by the applicant the reason for not approving the building permit. 

“Todd leads his monthly Building Inspector meetings efficiently and effectively. He engages his fellow inspectors in pertinent discussions, and welcomes everyone's opinion. It is very easy to approach Todd with any question or concern, making him a great team leader. Todd welcomes new inspectors and helps make sure they have what they need to succeed.

“Todd sends out upcoming seminars that are beneficial to his fellow inspectors. He also sent out information on an upcoming online seminar that would earn employees points toward their wellness plan. Not part of his job, just being a good leader.

“In a recent inquiry on shaft wall assemblies, Todd got right back to me with information from two industry leaders that I could use to make confident decisions in the field. This type of support from your Lead Inspector is a great department asset and makes others more productive and valuable.”


Published Jul 25, 2017



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