2018 Gerald H. Jones Code Official of the Year Award recipient Christine Rose (center) with ICC Board Immediate Past President Jay Elbettar (right) and ICC Awards Committee Chair Stuart Tom (left).

Each year, the International Code Council recognizes peers and colleagues who are a reflection of what the association stands for: dedication to developing model codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process to construct safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures. The Code Council honored several outstanding individuals and organizations for their accomplishments and contributions to building safety and resiliency in their communities during the 2018 Annual Conference in Richmond, Va.

The International Code Council Gerald H. Jones Code Official of the Year Award is given to an individual whose contributions to the code enforcement profession are meritorious and advance the code enforcement profession and the Code Council’s mission. The individual must demonstrate professional abilities that are an example for all members of the code enforcement profession, and advance the cause of safety in the built environment. The award is presented in recognition of the founders of the three model code organizations: Albert H. Baum, M.L. Clement, and Phil Roberts. Christine Rose, deputy building official for the city of Fargo, N.D., received the 2018 Gerald H. Jones Code Official of the Year Award during the Members Luncheon on Oct. 23, 2018, in Richmond.

Rose has more than 20 years of experience in code enforcement, having served as permit technician, plans examiner, building inspector and deputy building official for the city of Fargo, N.D. In these many roles, she demonstrates the critical link between a code official’s efforts in the workplace, in the code development and adoption process, and in building strong ICC chapters.

Over the years, she has hosted many events. It’s a role Rose enjoys because she personally likes the people who come to the annual Upper Great Plains Region III Educational Institutes, the Region III “Meet and Greet” receptions at ICC Annual Conferences, and the 10,000 Lakes Chapter summer conferences. But Code Council members in Region III’s five states count on Rose for more than that. She goes the extra mile with service on the ICC Education Committee, the Permit Tech Ad Hoc Committee, the North Dakota State Building Codes Advisory Committee, and many more.

At home in North Dakota, Rose is in her second term as the highly active past president of the North Dakota Chapter. In Fargo, she raised the profile of all code officials on the city code adoption committees, as an instructor to construction engineering students, and as president of the City Employee Association Board of Directors.

“Thank you. It’s an incredible honor to receive this award but it’s even more humbling to know who received it before,” said Rose on accepting her award. “Thank you for showing our members that code officials are important to every community. Being a code official is easy for me —I get to protect my family, my friends and my community. We are here today because in some way, big or small, we connect over the mission of protecting the health, safety and welfare of all people by creating safe, sustainable and resilient communities. As a part of ICC, we are all making that happen.”

A true leader, Rose will take charge of any challenge, no matter how mundane or how intimidating. Unselfish service is the personal code that she lives by. She defines membership and leadership as setting the standard for the team with her personal example. She is a great friend to many, a dependable professional, and the face that makes a great first impression for Region III.

The International Code Council congratulates Christine Rose as its 2018 Gerald H. Jones Code Official of the Year.

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