Tisbury’s building commissioner moves on

Ross Seavey, seen here in 2019, is leaving his job as Tisbury's building commissioner. — Rich Saltzberg

Tisbury building commissioner Ross Seavey has tendered his resignation. Seavey, an attorney, told The Times he will pursue a law practice focused on construction, permitting, and land use issues. He also said he’s agreed to help the town with the Tisbury School renovation and addition project despite his departure, and to do so, expects to return as a part-time special building commissioner. Seavey said his last day is penciled in for Jan. 13.

Seavey was named local building inspector in 2019, in the wake of longtime building inspector Ken Barwick’s retirement. Seavey was subsequently appointed Tisbury’s building commissioner. 

“I enjoyed working with him,” select board chair Roy Cutrer said. “He will be missed.”


  1. Good bye Ross, but the last thing I would have possibly thought was that he was going to move on to pursue a law practice in construction, especially permitting etc.

  2. Sorry to see you leave Ross. You were always very patient and helpful to work with when I had questions about client properties. Wishing you good luck with your next chapter.

  3. Tis a sad day when the Town of Tisbury took two years to realize its Building inspector’s shoes were too big! Here we go again….

  4. A person experienced in law , construction and permitting going on to work in law, construction and permitting is something thinking people would think.

  5. Along with my predecessor Pat Harris, Ross was instrumental in helping me to get up and running at the Tisbury Planning Board. He did a lot of important work during his time with the Town, including overhauling the permitting process. He will certainly be missed but rest assured that he is leaving the Town in pretty decent shape for whomever turns out to be his successor. He will be an asset wherever he lands. Wishing him all the best in his future endeavors.

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