photo: JOE CROCETTA / staff photographer
William "Kelley" Vantz, plans examiner for Washington County's department of permits and inspection, was honored Tuesday for his efforts to streamline the building permit approval process.
County Administrator Rodney Shoop presented Vantz with the quarterly Innovative Dedicated Employee Award.
Vantz, 44, has been a county employee for 22 years.
"I am shocked and surprised," Vantz said. "I'm shocked, I'm speechless, I'm honored."
Vantz initiated what county officials are calling the "Fast-Track" process, which speeds up the time it takes to obtain a permit for a project.
It used to take about three weeks to get permit approval for even simple projects such as decks or sheds. Now, with the fast-track process, it takes about 15 minutes.