2020 Awards

The International Code Council honored outstanding individuals and organizations for their accomplishments and service to their communities, the building safety industry and the Code Council.


The Bobby J. Fowler Award honors the memory of the first chairman of the Code Council Board of Directors who led the charge to consolidate three regional model code organizations into one association. This award is presented to a leader who demonstrates integrity, professionalism and compassion.

This year’s Fowler Award recipient is
Sam Francis
Retired from American Wood Council and City of Dayton OH

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The Gerald H. Jones Code Official of the Year Award is awarded to an individual whose contributions advance the code enforcement profession and the Code Council’s mission. The award is presented in honor of the founders of the three model code organizations: Albert H. Baum, M.L. Clement and Phil Roberts.

The 2020 Code Official of the Year is
Valarie Evans
Building Official, City of North Las Vegas

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The Excellence in Public Safety Award is granted to a member of the building safety industry who demonstrates integrity, professionalism and dedication to public service.

The 2020 recipient is
Steven Tafoya, MCP
Building Official/Director, Fayette County Georgia Dept of Building Safety

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The ICC Community Service Award recognizes outstanding service that promotes public health, safety and welfare.

The 2020 recipient is
Mansfield (TX) Volunteer Program/
Priscilla Sanchez

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The Robert W. Gain Fire Prevention Leadership Award is presented in honor of Robert W. Gain, a founder of the Uniform Fire Code and a prominent member of the organizations that created the International Fire Code. The award is given to a member whose professional abilities and leadership serve as an example to all fire prevention and fire protection professionals.

The 2020 recipient of the Robert W. Gain Fire Prevention Leadership Award is
Lee Wheeler
Retired Fire Chief, Renton, Washington

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The ICC Educator of the Year Award recognizes excellence in promoting professional development. The award is given in memory of Brent Snyder, a renowned Code Council educator and Past Presiding Officer, for his calm and inspiring leadership.

The 2020 Educator of the Year is
Charles Clawson
Arlington, Texas

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The Chapter of the Year Award recognizes extraordinary performance by a chapter in promoting the goals and mission of the Code Council.

The 2020 recipient is the
Code Officials Association of Alabama
for its educational outreach programs to more remote areas of the state, scholarship awards and a focus on expanding certifications.
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The Chapter Merit Award recognize chapters that distinguish themselves through activities demonstrating the Code Council’s goals and objectives.

The 2020 recipient is the
Oregon Permit Techs Association
recognized this year for their high standard of professionalism in education, training and unity among jurisdictions.
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Raising the Profile Award recognizes excellence in promoting Building Safety Officials.

The 2020 recipient is
Joel A. Dramis
Building Code Administrator, City of Port St. Lucie, Florida Building Department

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The PMG Leadership Award recognizes exceptional service to the plumbing, mechanical, fuel gas and swimming pool/spa (PMG) industry.

The 2020 recipient is
Richard Grace
Code Specialist III, Fairfax County, Virginia


The Meritorious Service Award is granted to an individual who has given unselfishly of time and talent in furthering the development of Code Council codes and standards.

The 2020 posthumous recipient is
Jim Sealy, FAIA
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The ICC National Leadership in Sustainability Award recognizes outstanding contributions to the growth and enhancement of codes or public policy espousing the principles of the Code Council Sustainability Membership Council.

The 2020 co-recipient is
Brad Smith


The ICC National Leadership in Sustainability Award recognizes outstanding contributions to the growth and enhancement of codes or public policy espousing the principles of the Code Council Sustainability Membership Council.

The 2020 co-recipient is the
City of Santa Monica, CA