SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Bob LaCosta, Chief Code Official for the Township of Scotch Plains received the second annual William Connolly Award at the MUNCO (Municipal Construction Code Officials) Awards Luncheon at Rutgers University on Thursday, March 2.

William Connolly, former Department of Community Affairs director from Codes and Standards, presented the prestigious award given “In recognition of your commitment to the profession of code enforcement, service to the public and the advancement of the goals and objectives of the Association.

"Bob has an exemplary career in Code Enforcement, and has earned the respect of many throughout the industry both locally and nationally," Connolly said.

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Bob Lacosta was one of the founders of MUNCO almost 25 years ago and has served in various positions of leadership in Munco. Currently, he Bob serves as the Finance Officer, and has done so for many years. Lacosta has received many prestigious awards from other local, state and national organizations. These include: Inspector of the Year, Presidents Award, Man of the Year, UNICO ‘s Americanism Award, and a Senate Resolution from the State of New Jersey, as well others from throughout his career.

Lacosta's career with the Township has spanned almost 4 decades. Over the years, Bob he served on many local, state and national organizations and chaired the Scotch Plains Vietnam Veterans Memorial Committee as well as others.

“The award should really be for Bill Connelly, since he was the major driving  force  in the writing of the Uniform Construction Code and coined the term 'Construction Code Official',” Lacosta said. "Without Bill and the UCC and his many years as the Director at the Department of Community Affairs, New Jersey would not have the professionalism in the Code Enforcement Community that it does.”