Bob Johnston has announced his retirement as the Galion building inspector after a total of 30 years in public service. He served as building inspector for the last five years, handling all residential permits and inspections, zoning code enforcement, nuisance properties, and related tasks.
“When I started working in this position, getting familiar with the ordinances was a challenge,” Johnston said. “I applied because I care about the city and wanted to make a difference, and I feel that I did.”
He worked to reduce the red tape involved with getting a project started and to make the permit application process more user-friendly. He was also excited to be part of welcoming new businesses to Galion, like the Sleep Inn hotel, Arby’s, Tim Horton’s, and the upcoming BellStores.
“I loved the job,” Johnston reflected. “I’m going to miss everybody at the city and working with residents. I hope the new inspector will care about the community as well.”
Johnston was previously employed for 25 years at the Galion Fire & EMS Department as a firefighter and later the fire inspector. He retired in 1993.
Additionally, Johnston has served on the board for the Crawford County Land Bank since its creation in 2016, helping to get blighted homes in Galion added to the list for demolition. He will continue serving on this board.
His last day is Friday, July 6. He looks forward to spending more time with his son and family, as well as his dogs.