After nearly three decades of exemplary public service, commitment and leadership in protecting the safety of residents via building safety, building code adoption and enforcement, Charles Danger, PE, Building Official of Miami-Dade County, has retired effective Jan. 24.
Danger began his county career as the Chief Electrical Inspector with the Building and Zoning Department and progressed to serve as the director of the Building Code Compliance Office, director of the Building Department and Building Official of Miami-Dade County, while overseeing the smooth transition of the department through several mergers its present reorganization as the Regulatory and Economic Resources Department.
“Charlie Danger’s dedication to public service inspires us all and makes us proud to have worked alongside him all these years,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez.
“Not only will we all miss his vast wealth of knowledge and expertise, but also the good nature and humor with which he approached his duties. On behalf of all of us in Miami-Dade County, I congratulate Charlie on his retirement, and I wish him and his family all the best,” the mayor added.
“Of all my accomplishments, I am most proud that our building codes and enforcement are protecting the lives and properties of our residents,” Danger said. “For 26 years, I have dedicated myself to public service. Now, I’m looking forward to spending more time with my lovely wife, Sarah, and our grandchildren.”
Danger has been instrumental in guiding the initiatives that have served to improve the safety and quality of life for Miami- Dade County residents. He was recognized nationally by Governing Magazine as the Public Official of the Year for advocating tougher building codes. Miami-Dade County has inclusion in the High Velocity Hurricane Zone, which is the most stringent code requirement of the Florida Building Code, due to Danger’s efforts for the life-safety protection of residents and building safety.
His efforts also have been the driving force for the department’s evolution and leading-edge in automating the permitting, plan review and inspection services to include transparency with information accessible online such as code enforcement tracking, foreclosure registry and the nationally and internationally recognized product control approval system.
He is highly respected by his peers and tirelessly promotes the building codes. Under his direction, the department has issued 100,000-plus permits; conducted over 500,000 inspections; and reviewed more than 250,000 plans annually.