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Johnston’s Sandvig retires after 26 years with city’s building department


Doug Sandvig, who had worked for the city of Johnston for 26 years, has retired. Sandvig began working for Johnston in 1995 when the city had 6,100 residents. He was the city’s first full-time building department employee. During his 26 years, Sandvig has overseen the permitting and construction of more than 7,000 new residential units and more than $450 million in new commercial and industrial development. Johnston now has four employees in its building department and a population of about 23,000. Included among Sandvig’s responsibilities was updating the city’s building codes to ensure structures were built to the highest possible safety standards using the most up-to-date construction methods.

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