Agency names new chief building official


The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs announced last week that Lynn Underwood will serve as D.C.’s newest chief building official, bringing more than 30 years of national and international experience to the role of overseeing local construction projects.

Underwood has worked previously in Abu Dhabi, Virginia, Arizona, Washington and New Mexico, and has written several books on building codes. He has also earned more than 10 certificates from the International Code Council and was elected to serve a three-year term on its board of directors.

In his new position as the District’s chief building official, Underwood said he is “focused on training and empowering our staff to ensure that every person who conducts business with us has a predictable, positive experience.” Agency director Melinda Bolling echoed his sentiments, declaring that Underwood will “provide absolutely top-notch customer service to District residents and businesses as CBO.”