Associate of the Month: May 2019


From watching over prisoners in the Corrections Department to collecting mosquitoes for the Environmental Health Division to inspecting buildings, Marlon Southard has had a wide variety of duties as a Jackson County associate.

Marlon joined the Environmental Health Division in 2004 and when the County took over building inspections in 2005, he began serving as one of the inspectors.

He works tirelessly to accommodate the busy demands of the Public Works Development Division, as well as serving the homeowners and builders within the County. Walk-in customers who have questions regarding codes can be assured they will get the information and guidance needed to apply for a building permit.

Public Works Director Brian Gaddie said, “Since I have known Marlon I have been very impressed with his professionalism and his dedication to his craft. He has a lot of individuals in the community that think very highly of him and I appreciate that greatly.”

Contractors, as well as homeowners have expressed positive comments about his helpfulness, kind nature and great work ethic. He is flexible and accommodating with scheduled inspections. Many have commented on his friendly, knowledgeable and easy-going demeanor.

His expertise has also been utilized within construction projects of the County owned facilities. His professionalism is an asset to Public Works and all of Jackson County.

Marlon attends workshops, seminars and training sessions several times a year to keep up with any changes in building codes. In addition, he educates himself by researching techniques and building products related to building codes.

Marlon_AoMChief Operating Officer Gary Panethiere, Public Works Director Brian Gaddie, Marlon Southard and County Executive Frank White, Jr.