Code en­force­ment of­fi­cer quits in Aragon

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - By Kevin Myrick [email protected]­stan­dard­jour­

The City of Aragon will need a new Code En­force­ment Of­fi­cer and Build­ing In­spec­tor fol­low­ing the lat­est res­ig­na­tion from the city.

Last week, Josh Oz­ment de­cided he was go­ing to part ways am­i­ca­bly with the City of Aragon and give up his job in the po­si­tion. He said in an in­ter­view that he was asked to re­sign from the job. “I guess they didn’t need me any­more,” Oz­ment said. He added that since he took on the role at first in a part time po­si­tion that his goal was to get the city look­ing cleaner, a job that wasn’t al­ways easy. He’d also un­der­taken a pro­gram to trap stray cats and dogs within the vil­lage area of the city af­ter an in­crease in the feral pet pop­u­la­tion had grown.

“Now they are where they can main­tain the area bet­ter since ev­ery­thing else is done,” Oz­ment said. “I knew in the be­gin­ning it was tem­po­rary. I just didn’t know how long.”

Mayor Garry Bald­win said he couldn’t pro­vide any other com­ment ex­cept to con­firm the res­ig­na­tion, since it was a per­son­nel mat­ter within the city.

“He re­signed,” Bald­win said. “He didn’t give any par­tic­u­lar rea­son.”

He did say how­ever that there’s no im­me­di­ate plan to fill the po­si­tion.

“We’re think­ing about some re-or­ga­ni­za­tion at the moment, so we’re not quite ready to fill it yet,” Bald­win said.

Oz­ment be­gan his em­ploy­ment with the city in a part time post, and was later made full time in a role that also ex­panded his du­ties to in­clude main­te­nance and re­pairs.

He said he’s work­ing on some new op­por­tu­ni­ties, but wasn’t sure yet what he wanted to do next.

“I’m go­ing to take some time to find some­thing I want to do next,” he said.

He’ll still be work­ing in the fam­ily store, Oz­ment Trad­ing Com­pany in Rock­mart.

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