Ex-A.L. official named top in his field in Minn.

Published 10:15 am Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Austin’s community development director was recognized Monday by the Austin City Council for recently being named the top code official in Minnesota.

Craig Hoium, who has served as Austin’s community development director since 2000, received the award from the Association of Minnesota Building Officials in February. The AMBO represents the more than 800 building officials and inspectors throughout the state, and gives the award annually to individuals who make “outstanding contributions” to building safety.

Hoium has worked for 32 years in the public sector, which included an 18-year run with the city of Albert Lea in addition to his 10 years and counting in Austin. He also has served in leadership roles with the AMBO, including a two-year stint as chairman from 2006 to 2007.

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Mayor Tom Stiehm said it’s always nice to recognize city officials locally, but added that it might be even more meaningful when they’re commended by statewide peer groups.

“It probably means just as much to them, if not more” to be honored by peers, Stiehm said.

Roger Axel, the CEO of the AMBO, said in a press release that Hoium’s long-term commitment to the field is admirable.

“With his years of experience, Craig’s recognition by his peers as Code Official of the Year is well deserved,” Axel said.