Two county employees recognized with high honors from Building Officials Association of Florida chapter

Kathleen Croteau named Building Official of the Year and Stan Dinwoodie named Inspector of the Year

Kathleen Croteau and Stan Dinwoodie show off their plaques. Image from Sarasota County Government via Facebook

The Gulf Coast Chapter of the Building Officials Association of Florida (BOAF) has honored Sarasota County Building Official Kathleen Croteau as the Building Official of the Year, Matthew Osterhoudt, director of the county’s Planning and Development Services Department, notified County Administrator Tom Harmer early this month.

In addition, the Gulf Coast Chapter has named Stan Dinwoodie, the county’s Inspection Services supervisor, Inspector of the Year, Osterhoudt wrote in an email. “These are great recognitions for both and for the County,” Osterhoudt noted.

During the Planning and Development Services Department’s quarterly staff meeting on Sept. 30, he added, Croteau and Dinwoodie were honored for their achievements.

Croteau “is dedicated to her profession and exemplifies being a public servant,” Osterhoudt continued. Croteau is involved with both the state and local chapters of the BOAF, he noted, and she has served in many positions with the Gulf Coast Chapter, most recently as president of the Gulf Coast and Manasota chapters.

Additionally, she “has volunteered for many committees,” including a mutual aid group that has helped other counties affected by Hurricane Irma in getting assistance, he wrote.

Croteau began her employment with Sarasota County in 2011 as the deputy building official and was designated the building official in 2016.

“Dinwoodie is a mentor to the inspections staff and is a great example of what an inspector should be,” Osterhoudt continued. He has served in many positions with the Gulf Coast Chapter, including most recently, past president of the Gulf Coast Chapter.

Dinwoodie has worked for Sarasota County since 1998, Osterhoudt added. Having started as a building codes inspector, Dinwoodie was promoted to building plans examiner in 1998; in 2002, he was named inspection services supervisor.