SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Dominic Demico, Jr. was recently appointed South Plainfield’s new Construction Official/Building Sub-Code Official, effective today, Oct. 6. Demico, who has resided in South Plainfield his whole life and has close to two decades of experience as an inspector, was appointed by the South Plainfield Borough Council on Sept. 22 to replace John Pabst, the borough’s current construction official, who plans to retire at the end of the year.
As construction official, Demico will be in charge of the building department’s day-to-day operations, including ensuring that the Unified Construction Code (UCC) in the borough is carried out according to state regulations. As Building Sub-Code Official his responsibilities will include plan review and inspections of new construction, additions and alterations for all residential, commercial and industrial projects. Additionally, Demico will manage the building department’s staff that currently includes two secretarial positions, a building inspector, plumbing inspector, fire inspector and an electrical inspector.
For the past 10 years, Demico has served as Assistant Construction Official/Electrical Sub-Code Official for Woodbridge Township and prior served seven years in East Brunswick Township as a Plumbing Sub-Code Official. Demico, who graduated South Plainfield High School and obtained his UCC licensing from Middlesex County College, is a certified construction official and is cross-licensed in four major disciplines – building, electrical, fire and plumbing.
“There aren’t too many of us who have licenses in all four major disciplines,” said Demico, noting that his knowledge and expertise in all areas will save the borough time and money while also making things more convenient. “I will be able to fill the void for those waiting for an inspection as well as provide multiple inspections at one time.”
According to Council President Alex Barletta, the decision to hire Demico is one that will greatly benefit the community.
“Dominic brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience as an inspector not to mention the fact that he holds every license needed. Residents in need of multiple inspections will be able to have them done in one visit,” said Barletta. “This will be a plus for South Plainfield and move the department in a positive direction. We are very optimistic and excited to have him on board.”
On a professional level, Demico is a member and past president of the New Jersey State Plumbing Inspectors Association and was a recipient of the association’s ‘Plumbing Inspector of the Year‘ award in 2002. Additionally, since being appointed in 2009 by former Governor John Corzine, Demico has served as an inspector on the 9-member State Board of Examiners of Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR) Contractors.
Locally, Demico is actively involved with Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, the Italian American Club and a former member of the Borough’s Land Management Board. Additionally, he has served consecutive four-year terms on the South Plainfield Construction Board of Appeals over the past 20-plus years and, while his children were in school, volunteered his time with the South Plainfield Junior Baseball Club, high school marching band and football team.
A third generation South Plainfield resident, Demico was born and raised in town and, in 1994, built his own home here. He and his wife, Moira, have been married 25 years and are parents to sons, Dominic III and Joseph. In his spare time, Demico enjoys golfing, his model train collection and his Harley Davidson, which can often be found riding with members of the Rahway-based Liberty Hog Chapter.
For Demico, garnering the top building department position was always a personal, professional goal and getting the opportunity in South Plainfield makes it even more exciting. “I always wanted to be a construction official but this is even more special because this is my hometown,” said Demico. “Being able to help and service the public, all the residents of South Plainfield, will be an honor.”