June 16, 2017: Lynn Underwood has been hired as the Chief Building Official at the Washington, D.C., city government’s Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA), effective on Monday, June 12, 2017. Underwood has worked in the building code field for thirty years, is charged with overseeing the city’s permitting and inspections for private and non-federal construction in the city. DCRA had operated largely without a Chief Building Official for more than year. In January, 2017, city officials hired David Naples to fill the position, but he resigned after a few weeks on the job, citing family reasons. Underwood previously worked for DCRA as a Plans Examiner Manager in 2015. For the last year, Underwood was the building official in Hopewell, Virginia, which is located near Richmond. Before that, he was the building code expert for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), where he taught UAE officials how to adapt to the international building code during his one-year tenure. Underwood also previously worked as a code official in Norfolk, Va., and as a building official in Arlington County, Virginia.