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Tracy Chief Building Official Kevin Jorgensen Receives Building Official of the Year Award

Posted: Apr 4, 2019


Tracy, Calif. – On March 18, 2019, Tracy’s Chief Building Official, Kevin Jorgensen, was recognized as “Building Official of the Year” by the California Fire Chiefs Association (CalChiefs), Fire Prevention Officers Section at the California Building Officials (CALBO) Annual Business Meeting in San Diego. 


CalChiefs is a statewide organization whose membership comes from the more than 800 fire agencies operating in California, including Northern and Southern California Fire Prevention Officers (FPO) Associations.  CalChiefs’ FPO Section is a non-profit association dedicated to promoting the protection of life, property and the environment from the effects of fire and other hazardous events through effective education, engineering and enforcement. 


The Building Official of the Year Award is the most prestigious honor bestowed upon a Building Official by the fire service.  As a peer-based award, the Building Official of the Year honors a single individual who has shown exemplary leadership over the preceding year and their overall career.  This award is not given out every year, it has been three years since a California Building Official was honored. 


So-Cal FPO Past-President Randy Metz, Fire Marshal for the City of Carlsbad, and Nor-Cal FPO 1st Vice-President Mike Payton, Fire Marshal for the City of Modesto, traveled to San Diego to present the award to Kevin Jorgensen.     


Wow, Kevin was so surprised and so appreciative,” said 1st Vice President Mike Payton, “It was an honor to be able to present such a prestigious award to him.”


“It is an inestimable honor and privilege to be so recognized by a parallel professional organization for one’s life work,” said Kevin Jorgensen,“I am truly humbled and appreciative for the recognition. However, I also acknowledge that without the staff that I have working to support me, I could not have attained such recognition. This highly-esteemed award also reflects upon their hard work and dedication.”


Chief Building Official Kevin Jorgensen has been serving the City of Tracy since 2001 as a respected and cherished member of the busiest Development Services Department in San Joaquin County.  Kevin has a passion for building code and life safety as it relates to code compliance within the built environment.  He fosters a customer service culture that strives for repeat business. 


From 2009 until 2018, Kevin served as both the Building Official and Fire Marshal for the City, putting together an amazing team and managing the City’s Fire Prevention/Safety program.  Kevin recently assisted in the successful transition of the Fire Prevention/Safety program back to the fire department, as he understands the important relationship that must be developed between both offices.  Kevin has been a longstanding member of the CALBO/CalChiefs Advisory Committee, serving as Chair multiple times.  He has continually supported the fire service and makes himself available to mentor and work with others who lean on him for his extensive experience and expertise.


Congratulations, Kevin!  On behalf of the Tracy City Council, we applaud your dedication to fire and life safety, community vitality and collaborative code development,” said Mayor Robert Rickman.


IMAGE: Photo of Nor-Cal FPO 1st Vice-President Mike Payton, Fire Marshal for the City of Modesto presenting the Building Official of the Year Award to Chief Building Official Kevin Jorgensen, City of Tracy.


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IMAGE: Photo of Kevin Jorgensen, Chief Building Official for the City of Tracy with the Building Official of the Year Award.  The plaque reads: “In recognition of your dedication to fire and life safety, community vitality, and collaborative code development.  Your exemplary character, work ethic, and passion benefit the City of Tracy, citizens of California, and communities throughout the United States.”


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Tracy is centered in a triangle formed by major interstates I-205 to the North, I-580 to the west and I-5 to the east. A collaboration of effort from our elected officials, employees and citizens means Tracy is a clean and safe community where opportunity, growth, and success prosper. We invite you to come for a visit, open your business, and settle down to raise a family in Tracy. Take a look “Inside the Triangle.” You’ll like our pace, and you’ll love the place!



Carissa Higginbotham, Public Information Officer

(209) 831-6102





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