Ian Houseal, who oversees Portland’s housing safety isnpections, has been named the first director of community development in Sanford.

Houseal, who starts in Sanford on Jan. 17, will focus on the city’s multi-family dwelling market.

Houseal most recently has been in charge of Portland’s rental inspection and registration program. The housing program was developed in the wake of the fatal 2014 Noyes Street fire that killed six young people to improve the safety of Portland’s rental units.

“(Houseal) is currently managing the City of Portland’s rental housing registration and inspection program, having already successfully registered over 4,750 rental properties and directed the inspection of over 600 of those properties, with 1,200 inspections in just six months,” Sanford City Manager Steve Buck wrote in a letter to the City Council. “All of those attributes will lend toward Sanford’s future housing initiatives as part of the city’s overall community development strategies.”

Before heading the rental registry program, Houseal was an assistant to the city managers of Portland and Lewiston. He also was energy coordinator for the city of Portland.

The Sanford community development director position pays $84,000 annually, according to the budget.

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