Hernandez Joins City As Chief Building Official

CHEYENNE – The City of Cheyenne welcomes Blas Hernandez as its new Chief Building Official.

Hernandez previously served as a Chief Building Official for the City of Papillion (Neb.), Commerce City (Colo.), and the City of Beatrice (Neb.). He most recently served as a Consulting Code Official for JAS Pacific in Omaha, Nebraska.

In total, he owns 30 years of extensive experience in the construction building industry enforcing building codes and standards, reviewing construction documents, and performing inspections to ensure projects comply with applicable codes, standards, and zoning requirements.

“It has been a pleasure to welcome Blas to the City of Cheyenne,” said Planning and Development Director, Robert Briggs. “Both the community and the Building Safety staff will benefit from his substantial experience with building codes and inspection services. We look forward to seeing where his leadership will take the division.”

With the City of Cheyenne, Hernandez will oversee and manage the activities of the Building Safety Division to make sure permits are properly issued and that construction jobs are inspected and approved in a timely manner.

“My goal is to make our department as efficient as possible with upgrades to help improve our business process as needed,” Hernandez said. “The best part of my job is meeting all types of people both within the city and the public. I get a chance to assist a myriad of people from homeowners, contractors, designers, developers, and anyone who has plans to build or renovate buildings. I look forward to working here long term for the city and help in any way to make Cheyenne an even better place to live. I am very happy to be here as the Chief Building Official.”

Hernandez states his staff is currently devoting considerable time and energy to make sure the State Capital buildings are being inspected and approved.

“We have highly qualified staff working on this project and we strive to provide the best possible service to ensure this project is approved in a timely manner.” Hernandez said of the ongoing State Capital project.

Hernandez holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Construction Technology degree from Central Community College (Neb.). He is currently pursuing a Civil Engineering degree from the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

From 1985-91, Hernandez served in the United States Army Reserve as a Troop Commander. He was awarded the Army achievement medal for excellent performance during active duty training at Fort McCoy (Wis.) in 1988. He received an Honorable Discharge in 1991.

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