City gets new code enforcement officer

Sean C. Morgan

Of The New Era

Sweet Home will have a new code enforcement officer starting Sept. 1 after another worked a little more than a month before leaving.

The City Council was scheduled on Aug. 22 to officially appoint Donnie Lindenman as the city’s code enforcement officer, but because of personal family issues, he had to quit and return to Kansas, Community Development Director Carol Lewis said. Instead, the city has hired the second candidate for the position, Byron Wolfsong,

“He was very, very close to number one in the hiring process,” Lewis said. Wolfsong will appear before the council later for official appointment as the code enforcement officer.

The position had previously been held by Mikayla Rossiter.

Also in the department, Greg Lewellyn has replaced Wess Rowley as the city’s building official.

He has been working for the city since the first of August. He came to Sweet Home from Linn County, where he had worked for nine years. He was commercial plans examiner and inspector there.

Lewellyn lives in Scio.

He grew up in Oregon, moving around the state with his father, who worked for the state highway department. He graduated from Sprague High School in Salem in 1986.

He graduated from the Divers Institute of Technology in Seattle and became a commercial diver. Later he attended Chemeketa Community College in Salem, where he earned welding certification in structural steel and pressure pipes. He attended Chemeketa later to earn an associate’s degree in building technology and went to work for McMinnville in 1995 and 1996. After that, he went to work for Linn County.

“I worked here under Linn County when John Gordon was here,” Lewellyn said. That was about five years before Gordon left and Rowley started, so Lewellyn said he knows area contractors and the community.