The Code Council needs to find ways to bring in more young people. Part of it is letting people know the codes aren’t just words on a page; they help keep people safe. “The Code Council is moving in that direction, but we need to figure out a way to grab these good people while they’re young.”
Jerry Mallory professes a passion for his profession, one that has motivated him toward leadership of any group to which he belongs.
So after years of contributing to the International Code Council in so many ways, it was just natural for him to seek a position on the ICC Board of Directors for Section D, which he accomplished at the 2015 ICC Annual Conference in Long Beach, Calif.
“I am just thrilled with the opportunity to work with Members and Chapters,” said Mallory, Building Official and Fire Marshal in Johnson County, Kansas, since 1993. “It’s going to be exciting.”
Mallory already has had an exciting quarter century with Johnson County, starting out as Building Inspector in 1990 after spending a few years building corrugated steel grain bins. He liked the idea of helping to make sure things were built safely, and a friend’s father got him a job in inspections.
Mallory now is a Certified Fire Official, Certified Electrical Inspector, Certified Zoning Enforcement Officer, and holds the Certificate of Achievement from the Emergency Management Institute. He also earned the Certification Building Official certification, but it is not current.
He serves on ICC’s Building Official Membership Council Governing Committee, through which he facilitates the task group for cdpACCESS, the cloud-based tool for code development that he calls “our future.”
He was a charter member of the Johnson County Building Officials Association and the Johnson County Contractor Licensing Program. He stays active in the organization, remaining responsible for the program’s education seminars, considered by many to be the nation’s pre-eminent code education events.
Mallory was honored by ICC as the 2007 Code Official of the Year and received ICC’s 2003 Community Service Award, in addition to many other honors by groups with which he is associated.
With all this, Mallory said “the happiest day of my life” was when he and his wife Barbara adopted 1-year-old Isaac and his 2-year-old brother Will nearly 25 years ago. Mallory became even prouder when Isaac was hired as Building Inspector in Olathe, Kansas.
Mallory said the Code Council needs to find ways to bring in more young people like Isaac. Part of it is letting people know the codes aren’t just words on a page; they help keep people safe.
“The Code Council is moving in that direction, but we need to figure out a way to grab these good people while they’re young.
“And you have to be a good communicator,” Mallory said. “There are going to be times when you have to tell people something they don’t want to hear for their own good. And often you have to do all this thinking on your feet.”
Mallory also loves the challenges of the job and that no two days ever are alike. That’s going to be even more the case as he visits Members and stakeholders throughout Section D, which includes the states of Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska and Ohio; and the Canadian Province of Ontario. He said ICC needs to devise ways to interact with even more Members. The adoption of cdpACCESS is a great start, he added.
When not at work, Mallory likes to take in as many movies as possible with wife Barbara. They also enjoy sporting events, especially their beloved baseball team, the Kansas City Royals.