David Spencer, CBO
Chelan County, Washington
At the young age of 14, David Spencer started his career in the private sector working at his family’s construction company. His passion for the construction industry was evident, and he worked for the company into his early 30s. Being a part of a family-owned business, Spencer worked alongside his father and learned the importance of hard work and dedication.
Through his construction experience, Spencer developed an interest in code administration. He discovered there were many opportunities within the code administration field and decided to learn more about the various inspection positions. His research and reading of code books gave him a better understanding of construction projects, which led to an even greater desire to learn more about code administration.
Spencer’s first job as an inspector paved the way for him to obtain seven Code Council certifications, including his Building Code Specialist, Certified Building Official and Plans Examiner certifications.
For the past 14 years, Spencer has worked for five different municipalities throughout the state of Washington. He served in his state chapter as the Washington Association of Building Officials (WABO) Government Relations-Legislative Chair and has participated in the WABO Code Official Apprenticeship Program, the WABO Technical Code Development Committee and the Washington State Building Code Council Technical Advisory Groups for the 2015 and 2018 International Residential Code along with the 2015 Washington State Energy Codes.
Not only active in his home state of Washington, Spencer has also been active in ICC Region II where he has served as Treasurer, Secretary, Vice President and President. Spencer has worked in the built environment in many capacities for over thirty years.
Spencer served on ICC Exam Development Committees for the Coastal Construction and Disaster Response Committee and Property Maintenance & Zoning Committee. He also served on the ICC-Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) Board of Managers, ICC Nomination Committee, ICC Building Official Membership Council Raising the Profile Task Group.
Since joining the Code Council's Board of Directors, Spencer has continued to be an active member with some top priorities to bring greater awareness to the importance of ICC-ES and ICC-ES evaluation reports, raise the profile of Code Officials, and to ensure the continued and ongoing support of the Code Council membership.
“Code officials are important in community safety and economic growth,” he said. “It is one of my passions to continue the efforts to raise their profiles.”
Spencer also believes in the importance of planning for the next generation of code officials”. “It is important and critical that those in the industry now look to the younger generation to share their knowledge and experiences. Along with helping them find their own successes within the industry.”
Spencer lives by some simple but important principles.
“When you want to succeed as badly as you want to breathe, then you will be successful.” And, “It is always important to remember the individuals and mentors you have had along the way on the journeys to your successes.”