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Lee Clifton


Lee Clifton, senior director of plumbing, mechanical, fuel gas and swimming pool resources for the Code Council’s Government Relations department, has more than two decades of leadership, training and field inspection experience with the City of Los Angeles. A community activist for public health and safety, Clifton has served as a senior plumbing training officer for the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety, instructing inspectors, engineers and a support staff totaling more than 200.

As a principal inspector with the City of Los Angeles, his duties included planning, organizing and coordinating the training programs for approximately 100 inspectors and clerical staff that worked for the city’s housing department. Clifton’s contribution played a big part in the department’s Systematic Code Enforcement Program, which won the  “Innovation in American Government” award — the nation’s preeminent program devoted to recognizing and promoting excellence and creativity in the public sector — from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Business. Clifton retired from the City of Los Angeles in 2007 after 25 years of service.

His career began as a second-generation plumber, working for his father at Clifton Plumbing Inc. in Tampa, Florida, and then entering the United Association Apprentice Program after serving four years in the United States Coast Guard. He holds an L.A. City Journeyman Plumber’s license and numerous certificates for training and medical gas inspection. Clifton retains his Code Council certifications.

Clifton has also taught the plumbing code for the Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, Contractor Association of the Greater Los Angeles Area and the North Orange County Regional Occupation Program for more than 20 years.

Clifton has worked for the Code Council since 2007 and is presently located in its Western Regional office in Brea, California.

Areas of Expertise
Plumbing, Mechanical, Fuel Gas and Swimming Pool & Spa Codes (PMG)