Media Release

New County Building Official, John Freeland

Wednesday, January 6, 2010 4:45 PM

ALACHUA COUNTY, FL - After 12 years of employment with Alachua County, Phil Dunnington has retired as Head Building Official. Replacing him in this position is John Freeland.

John Freeland came to work for Alachua County in 1998 and has worked continuously as a field inspector and later as the Assistant Building Official. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Building Construction, is licensed as a Building Code Administrator and is an active member of the International Code Council and Florida Building Officials Association.

John has been an active participant with the Local Home builders Association and gives a presentation on the building code every semester at the University of Florida School of Building Construction.

"For the past year, John has been active in the County effort to create incentives for encouraging more energy efficient buildings in Alachua County. He is well known and respected by the building industry." says Alachua County Growth Management Director, Steve Lachnicht.

For more information, contact John Freeland at 352-338-3284. 


  • Mark Sexton
  • Communications & Legislative Affairs Director
  • Phone: 352-374-5204
  • Cell: 352-283-2317

If you have a disability and need an accommodation in order to participate in a County program, service or public meeting, please contact the Alachua County Equal Opportunity Office at 352-374-5275 at least 2 business days prior to the event. TTY users please call 711 (Florida Relay Service).