Inspecting Atmore

Published 8:43 am Wednesday, August 29, 2007

By By Adrienne McKenzie
Bruce Lowery is the newest face at Atmore City Hall as he has taken over the position of building inspector.
Lowery is a native of Bratt, Fla. and has been employed with the City of Atmore since Monday. For the past four years he has been employed with Howard Smith Electric, doing electrical work in Pensacola but has decided to come closer to 'home.'
"I've just moved back to the area and the opportunity here presented itself," Lowery said. "It was a good opportunity."
Code enforcement officer Chris Black said Lowery will do a good job as a building inspector in Atmore.
"He'll do fine," Black said. "He's a smart guy and he's familiar with the area."
Black said Lowery will have many tasks working for the city, including, performing building inspections and code enforcements. He will be required to learn the code requirements that the City of Atmore enforces. He will be going to some schools to make sure they are also up to standards.
While performing building inspections, Lowery will check licenses, permits and the quality of work, Black said.
Lowery said while he was employed with the electrical company, he handled building inspectors in a different manner.
"I dealt with inspectors on the opposite side there," he said.
Lowery has only been in the position with the City of Atmore for a few days, but has been busy nonetheless.
"I've been getting acquainted with the people," Lowery said. "I've been viewing the area and catching up. I've also been seeing what type of jobs I'll be doing."
Lowery said he accepted the position with the city because he felt it would be a good opportunity.
"I'm in the process of moving back to the area," he said. "I was looking for a job that would be feasible."
So far Lowery has enjoyed getting to know his co-workers and going around the Atmore area to see what his job will entail.
"I grew up in the area," he said. "I don't know a lot of them (his co-workers) personally, but I like the Atmore area and the people here."

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