In 1973, Emile Mortier started his own engineering, code consulting, and inspection service company, called Mortier Engineering. In 2000, The Building Department LCC was formed to service smaller cities and counties requiring inspections and plan review services. We currently serve over 30 jurisdictions in various capacities from plan review to full building programs including Building Official throughout Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. We provide services to as many as 50 public jurisdictions, multiple tribes, and serve as a code consultant and plan reviewer for multiple architects and developers.

*Not all services are provided in all States*

Meet the Team

The Building Department Team Members

Jack Applegate, BO

Manager | Inspector | Plans Examiner

Mr. Applegate is the Manager of our NWCP team.  Jack currently serves as the President of the International Code Council (ICC) Region II and Executive Board of Directors for his second term.  He has served the past 7 years on the ICC Building Codes Action Committee evaluating and writing the code changes for the IRC and IBC used across the globe.  Jack has been in the industry since 1988 and is an Oregon certified Building Official and ICC Combination Inspector and Plans Examiner.  Should you have a concern or have an inquiry about our services, he’s your contact.  Mr. Applegate keeps busy with his 5 kids, hunting, fishing, hiking and foraging all over the Western States.

Tracy Bacon


Tracy is one of the building inspectors that serves rural central Washington. Her undergraduate education and subsequent consulting work were in structural engineering for residential and commercial buildings. Tracy received her architectural graduate degree from the University of Oregon and is a licensed architect. When not at work you’ll most likely find her hiking, mountain biking, fishing, or camping somewhere with her husband and two dogs.

Shawn Eaton, CBO

Certified Building Official | Inspector | Plans Examiner

Mr. Eaton has spent over 19 years with NWCP.  He began his career right after graduating the Chemeketa Building Inspection program.  Before college, he was employed as a plumber in the commercial and residential trade.  With those skills he learned in the plumbing trade and the training in college, he was able to attain his Commercial Plumbing Inspection certification.  Shawn is the main inspector for Lebanon and Sweet Home and works with the City of Albany as their Commercial Plumbing Inspector.  He also travels around to many other jurisdictions we service, to handle their commercial plumbing inspections and plan review.  Currently, he is a member of the Oregon Building Code Division Plumbing Board bi-monthly, quarterly Oregon Building Official Association meetings, local Lebanon Booster Club Hikes, and the President of the Flannel heads of Lebanon.  When he’s not working he likes to spend his time with his wife and three dogs outdoors, hiking, camping, hunting and traveling.

Gary Lampella, BO

Eastern Washington Lead

Mr. Lampella is the Washington Lead for our NWCP team. He has over 30 years’ experience as a building official, plans examiner and inspector. Gary previously served for nine years on the ICC Means of egress Committee for the 2009, 2012 and 2015 code cycles. He is a past president of the Oregon Building Officials Association and served as chair for the association’s Code Development Committee for 12 years. Gary possesses multiple ICC and Oregon certifications and is currently a Washington Association of Building Officials Accredited Code Official. He spends his spare time golfing, fishing and playing any one of his 9 guitars.

David Leifheit

Inspector | Plans Examiner

Mr. Leifheit is a plan reviewer with Residential, Commercial, and Fire & Life Safety review certifications, as well as an inspector in the Residential and Commercial fields.  He has worked in various positions in the building industry, including design work and materials handling, since graduation from college in 1981; culminating in the review/inspection end of the industry.   He holds Associate degrees in Drafting Technology (1981) and Building Inspection Technology (2008).  He is always willing to answer questions and help people understand and navigate through the review and inspection processes.
When away from work he tinkers on cars and his home, and spends time with his family, 4 children and 2 grandchildren along with many friends, extra kids and their children.

Michele Linbarger

Inspector | Plans Examiner

Michele is an ICC certified Permit Technician, Oregon certified Residential Structural, Mechanical and Plumbing inspector and Residential Plans examiner.  She is the current Oregon Permit Technicians Association Vice President and serves on ICC Region II Spotlight the Permit Tech Committee.  Michele also mentors for Permit Tech Nation incoming permit techs looking to attain their ICC Permit Technician Certification.  Michele was awarded the opportunity to be one of 18 recipients for the ICC Board of Director Shadow Program for 2018 ICC Annual Conference in Richmond, VA.  In her free time, she spends time with her husband and two kids exploring Oregon, hiking, camping and kayaking.

Troy McNeeley

Inspector | Plans Examiner

Mr. McNeely is an inspector and plan reviewer. He serves the upper Willamette Valley.

Don Meier

Chief Electrical Inspector | Plans Examiner

Mr. Meier is our Chief Electrical inspector and plan reviewer. He brings over 40 years of experience in the electrical trade. He works with our inspectors throughout the State of Oregon. He serves in the Willamette Valley and the Oregon Coast. During football season, you can find Don at the local University of Oregon football stadium cheering on the Ducks.

Marita Mickelson

Office Manager

Marita has been a valued member of our team for 20 years handling everything from Permits to now Finance and HR.  She is our general office manager who oversees payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable and our Human Resources.  She enjoys country living, she’s an avid crafter and enjoys travelling.

Dave Mortier Photo

Dave Mortier, CBO

President | Building Official | Inspector | Plans Examiner

Mr. Mortier is a second generation building official and plans examiner. He is an ICC Certified Building Official and serves many jurisdictions in the Willamette Valley and Oregon Coast. Dave enjoys farming and beekeeping in his spare time.

Derek Neff

Inspector | Plans Examiner

Mr. Neff is our senior electrical inspector located in Southern Oregon.  Derek is currently a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI) and Southern Oregon International Code Council (SOICC).  Derek has been in the construction industry since 1984 and is an Oregon Certified Electrical Supervisor, Electrical Inspector, Plan reviewer, Residential Building, Mechanical and Plumbing inspector.

Cliff Pettigrew

Inspector | Plans Examiner

Cliff Pettigrew is currently a Building Inspector and Plans Examiner in Southern Oregon for Northwest Code Professionals, serving several jurisdictions in the region.  He graduated from Portland Community College in Beaverton, Oregon, with an A.A.S. degree in Civil Engineering Technology.  After graduation he worked for engineering firms in Oregon and Idaho.  He later became interested in special inspection and welding and obtained certifications through the International Code Council and the American Welding Society.  Following a developing interest in building codes, he obtained certifications from the International Code Council and through the State of Oregon as a Building Inspector and Plans Examiner.  He was employed at Washington and Douglas County, Oregon prior to joining Northwest Code Professionals.

Robert Rice, CBO

Southern Oregon Lead

Robert W. Rice, CBO, is currently the Southern Oregon Lead for Northwest Code Professionals, serving as Building Official for several jurisdictions in the region.  He graduated from Rogue Community College, in Grants Pass, Oregon, with an A.S. degree in Automated Manufacturing.  After graduation he worked for two Southern Oregon engineering firms for a total of 10 years starting as a structural draftsman and as a structural designer.  Following a developing interest in building codes, he obtained Oregon/ICC plans examiner and inspector certifications.  He was employed at Josephine County, Oregon for 12 years and served as the Building Safety Director until 2016.  He is also actively involved in ICC and Oregon code development.  He is a Past President of Oregon Building Officials Association and served as Chair of the Codes Committee and was awarded 2010 Building Official of the Year.  He served as President of the Southern Oregon Chapter of ICC from 2007-2009 and served on the Oregon State Solar Energy Code Committee in 2009/2010. He was a part-time instructor for the Construction Technology Program at Rogue Community College since 1996. He co-authored, “Analysis of Irregular Shaped Structures”, McGraw/Hill, published in 2011.

Jerry Simon

 Electrical Inspector

Jerry Simon is a part-time Electrical Specialty Code Inspector with NWCP.  Jerry became a Journeyman Inside Wireman in 1981 and has been a licensed Oregon General Supervising Electrician since 1991 with a current Oregon Inspector Certification.  Jerry has been a part-time Electrical Inspector for 3 years with NWCP.  In 1997 Jerry graduated from The University of Portland with a BA in Psychology.  In his spare time, he is an active member of the Church and member of a Portland, Oregon Line Dance Group.  Jerry is a retired member of Local #48 IBEW, and a member of the Local #48 IBEW Electrical Workers Minority Caucus.

Chris Stokes

Inspector | Plans Examiner

Chris is an Army Veteran who has spent the last 30 years in the building trades. As a carpenter he built and remodeled new homes and commercial businesses. As an Iron worker Chris was involved in projects like multi-story buildings, wineries, 300’ tall wind turbines and even a dam. While a General contractor he coordinated with all trades and jurisdictions to successfully complete many projects large and small. In 2015 Chris became a building inspector. He’s a father of 4 and grandfather of 1. He loves everything about the outdoors especially camping and exploring.


Cailin Tang

Permit Technician

Cailin is an ICC Certified Permit Technician.  She is your main contact when you call NWCP’s main office.  From scheduling inspections to general permit questions, she can help you, and if she can’t answer your questions right away she will find someone who can.  Cailin graduated from the University of Oregon in 2007 with a degree in Fine Arts.  She loves photography and spending time with her two daughters and husband.

Steve Wadsworth

Inspector | Plans Examiner

Steve Wadsworth is currently Building inspector and plans examiner in the Washington area.  Steve started his career as a Building inspector in 1999 and has been serving several jurisdictions for the past 20 years. He has overseen 5 inspectors with 25 jurisdictions and has helped train many inspectors to get their building code inspector certifications.  He schedules all the inspections and routes plan reviews through the proper channels. He has helped obtain several customers throughout the years with good work ethics and understanding city and contractor needs. Steve keeps busy with his family, skiing, fishing, boating Hunting and Motorcycle riding.

Brandon Zipser, BO

Building Official | Inspector | Plans Examiner

Mr. Zipser is a building official, residential plans examiner, and inspector. He is mainly based out of Lincoln City; however, he does plan review for Oregon and Washington.