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Establishment and Duties

This Board was established by the Board of County Commissioners through adoption of Escambia County Ordinance No. 89-35. Accordingly, it shall be the duty of the Board to hold and attend meetings to review Applications for examination, administer exams, and issue Certificates of Competency as a registered contractor to those who qualify, record and issue renewals, investigate violations of County and State Ordinances, and maintain an official record of all transactions.

Eligibility Criteria and Composition

The five members shall be appointed by the Board of County Commissioners and shall consist of: one active consulting electrical engineer, three electrical contractors, and one lay person.


Each member shall serve a term of three years or until his or her successor is appointed.

Meeting Schedule and Frequency

Meetings are held the third Thursday of each month.

Financial disclosure requirement removed effective January 2001.


  • David R. Hawkins, Lay Person
    Term of Office: 1/07/97 – 09/30/26

  • Scott A. Adams, Active Electrical Engineer
    Term of Office: 10/01/15 – 9/30/24

  • John D. Scapin, II, State Certified Electrical Contractor
    Term of Office: 4/26/94 – 9/30/22

  • James E. Simmons, State Registered Electrical Contractor
    Term of Office: 
    5/01/09 – 9/30/22

  • Thomas J. McElhany, State Certified Electrical Contractor
    Term of Office: 1/01/01 – 09/30/26        


  • Tim Tolbert, Building Official/Building Services Department Director
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