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 an Oregon Building Official. He splits his time between the Northern Oregon Coast and the Willamette Valley. He plan reviews for various jurisdictions throughout Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. He is our Building Department manager. Should you have a complaint, he is your man. Mr. Applegate keeps busy with his kids and their sports activities all over the state of Oregon.

Tracy Bacon


Tracy is trained as an engineer and licensed as an architect. She lives in central Washington where she enjoys mountain biking, snowboarding, climbing and spending time with her golden retrievers.

Shawn Eaton, CBO

Certified Building Official | Inspector | Plans Examiner

Mr. Eaton is also an ICC Certified Building Official (CBO). He serves as building official, inspector, and plan reviewer throughout the State of Oregon for both commercial and residential projects. He loves to go camping all over the North West no matter what time of the year.

Gary Lampella, BO

Eastern Washington Lead

Mr. Lampella is our Eastern WA Lead serving 20+ jurisdictions in the southeastern part of the state. His career in building inspections has spanned over 30 years. He was an Oregon Building Official for the past 20 years and stays up on the codes by performing plan review and inspections. He has served on several International Code Council committees as well as numerous Oregon Building Codes Division committees. He enjoys golf, fishing and playing his eight guitars. He is also a loyal Indianapolis Colts and Portland Trailblazer fan.

David Leifheit

Inspector | Plans Examiner

Michele Linbarger

Inspector | Plans Examiner

After 20 years in the design and construction industry, Michele wanted a shift in her knowledge base and quickly achieved her goal of becoming a certified Permit Technician.  Training under our highly qualified team leaders, Michele has pushed herself even further by becoming an inspector and plans examiner.  In her spare time she enjoys quilting and art.

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 is our Office Manager. She is our financial guru and helps us keep track of who is where and when. Marita has a pet pig named Tessa that keeps her busy when at home.

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


Cliff Pettigrew

Inspector | Plans Examiner


Robert Rice, CBO

Southern Oregon Lead

Jerry Simon

 Electrical Inspector

Chris Stokes

Inspector | Plans Examiner

Cailin Tang

Permit Technician

Steve Wadsworth

Inspector | Plans Examiner


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.