by Lisa Tome
For nearly a quarter century, John "J.R." Heldmyer, III, has served the citizens of Cecil County.
In December, Heldmyer was recognized for his contributions across the state. Heldmyer, an HVAC inspector for Cecil's Permits and Inspections Department, was named Inspector of the Year by the Maryland Building Officials Association.
"He's very deserving and very dedicated to his job. He's very knowledgeable and the county is fortunate to have him," said Patrick Conway, county director of Permits and Inspections.
"He's done a lot of this on his own to get him where he is today."
Heldmyer began working for the county in February 1990 as a maintenance worker. He was promoted to maintenance mechanic in 1993 and became lead mechanic a half dozen years later.
He earned a master electrician license in 2000. In 2005, he was promoted to maintenance supervisor. In 2007, he took the position as HVAC Inspector. Once starting his position as an inspector, he earned certifications from the International Code Council for residential and mechanical inspector, He obtained additional certifications in 2008-09. Heldmyer passed a state issued plumbing board test in 2010.
He expanded his service beyond county lines. In 2014, he was elected Vice President of the Maryland Plumbing and Mechanical Inspectors Association. That means that Cecil has a voice across the state.
Heldmyer was honored by County Executive Tari Moore and members of the Cecil County Council last week. Moore said Heldmyer "goes above and beyond."
"This is very appreciated," said Heldmyer.