Code Enforcement Officer Adam Bowling has announced his retirement with the City of Marion after 16 years of service to pursue a new career in Information Technology.
Since 2016, Bowling has been taking online college courses, and last March graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in IT with honors from the University of Phoenix.
“It is something I’ve always wanted to do but never had the opportunity until now,” said Bowling.
Leaving his team is difficult, explained Bowling. “I really enjoyed working with all of the people in my department and wish I could take them with me.”
Building Commissioner Jerry Foustnight oversees the Code Enforcement Department. “Adam has been very beneficial to our department. With his knowledge of IT, for example, he was instrumental in setting up the program for property registration along with dealing with the state on abandoned vehicles. It’s a sad time for us to lose Adam, however, I wouldn’t ever hold anyone back from furthering a career endeavor. Adam is pursuing his dream, and doing what is best for him and his family.”
Chief Code Enforcement Officer Jared Florence stated, “For 16 years, Adam has been a great co-worker, officer, and friend. In his time here, he has made a huge impact on this city. He has always been at the forefront of developing ways to better enforce the city’s ordinances. He has been the primary problem-solver for new ideas and technology being implemented. He is going to be greatly missed in our department, City Hall, and by our citizens.”
Mayor Jess Alumbaugh expressed, “Over the last 16 years, Adam has worked tirelessly to clean up our city. In many ways, it can be a thankless job, but Adam has always fulfilled his duties with the utmost professionalism. We wish him nothing but the best in this next phase of his life.”
Bowling offered words of wisdom for one wishing to pursue a career in the field. “Don’t take anything personally. We are enforcing an ordinance, not necessarily our personal preference on these day-to-day cases, to improve our city.”