Hawkins Appointed Chairman
Governor Mike Pence has appointed John Hawkins as chairman of the Indiana Fire Prevention and Building Safety Commission. The Commission is the state's ultimate authority having jurisdiction for all fire and building codes. Its many responsibilities include adopting new codes and amendments, granting variances, approving local building ordinances, and ruling on administrative reviews of code enforcement orders. He is the first private-practice registered architect to serve as chairman. Hawkins was appointed to the eleven-member Commission in 2005 by Governor Mitch Daniels upon its establishment by the state legislature. Hawkins replaces David Hannum, P.E., who retired in June after serving as chair of the Commission for the last eight years.
"Chairman Hannum set a very high bar as our first chairman, and has left some big shoes to fill. I can't imagine anyone doing a better job than what he has done in the last eight years," said Hawkins. "I'm honored and humbled to be able to work with the other members to build on the great foundation he laid."
Governor Pence also appointed two other new members to the Commission: Craig VonDeylen, AIA of Indianapolis, and James Hoch, AIA of Fort Wayne. Other members who were continued appointments by Gov. Pence are Ron Brown; Tom Cloud, AIA; Mike Corey; Matt Mitchell; Todd Hite, P.E. (ISDH); Diana Brenner, FAIA, IIDA; Patrick Richard and Kevin Goeden (IOSHA).