Lake Worth’s code compliance manager resigns to take Boynton Beach job

Mark Woods

Mark Woods

LAKE WORTH — Mark Woods, the city’s code compliance manager, has resigned, the city said.

Woods’ last day will be Friday, according to William Waters, Lake Worth’s community sustainability director.

Waters said Woods, who has been with the city for three years, has taken a job in Boynton Beach. Waters did not give any details on Woods’ new position.

Woods did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The resignation is the second for Lake Worth in the past week. John “Jack” Borsch, director of Lake Worth Electric Utilities, said he is stepping down at the end of the month for a new job and to spend more time with his family in Houston.

The code compliance department has been under fire in recently years and widely criticized by residents and city officials.

The division has been rocked by a dismantling by former City Manager Susan Stanton in 2012 who said the department wasn’t a priority. Then, a year later, Kenneth Oakes, the city’s internal auditor, in a report criticized the department for poor attendance, falsification of inspection results and some workers not having enough experience for the job.

Oakes recommended improved supervision, carefully documenting disciplinary action and reviewing officers’ files to make sure their skill level matches their position.

Since then the city has began the Herculean task of fixing the department and repairing its battered image

In an effort to prop up Lake Worth’s the division, the City Commission in May met for more than two hours at a special work session to discuss solutions to streamline the department, make it more efficient and reduce the number of horror stories residents tell about it.

“We have to change the culture of the experience,” Mayor Pam Triolo said.

At that meeting, Woods noted how the department, charged with improving neighborhoods by enforcing building, zoning and housing codes, is taking a more “gentle” approach to cleaning up blight in Lake Worth.

“There is no silver bullet for compliance,” Woods said. “As much as we’d like to have a magic wand for every property that’s a sore spot and we can say ‘make it go away,” it doesn’t happen that way,” he said.