Oak Bluffs building department back to square one

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It took a long time for the town of Oak Bluffs to find building inspector Mark Barbadoro, who resigned in April 2017 after 2½ years on the job, citing the high cost of living on the Island.

Town officials had hoped they found a replacement for Barbadoro when they hired contractor John Jones of Tisbury last October, for a six-month probationary period. However, last week Jones resigned after a review that showed “areas of deficiency,” according to town officials.

“I’m disappointed, but I feel in the long-term interest of our public services, this will turn out to be the right decision,” selectman Mike Santoro said in an email to The Times.
Jones had a year to pass three state-required tests to become the town building inspector.

The board of selectmen unanimously voted to hire Jones in August of last year. He was to train with part-time building inspectors Thomas Perry, retired building commissioner from Barnstable, and Eladio Gore, retired building inspector from Falmouth, who had been sharing duties since Barbadoro left for a job in Fitchburg.

Town administrator Robert Whritenour said the town was hoping to hire an Islander for the position, so housing and cost of living would less likely be an issue. He told The Times on Tuesday he is still hoping to find homegrown talent to fill the position.

“We’re trying to build stability from within and develop talent on the island, with our ‘Building Commission University,’” he said, referring to Gore and Perry. “We have two of the most talented inspectors in southeastern Massachusetts working with us, so I’m sure we’ll have a well-qualified person in the position when all is said and done.”

The job is currently posted on the town website.