New Respect for Wire Inspectors

The top overtime earner in the City of Boston wasn’t a police officer.…

It’s the second consecutive year Barry, who has worked as a wire inspector for the city since June 2012, has pulled in more OT than any other city employee. Over the last four years, a period during which Boston saw a tremendous amount of construction amid a building boom, Barry has made more than $676,000 in overtime.

The city has a total of 10 wire inspectors, including a chief and a supervisor. They are responsible for reviewing electrical permits, essentially making sure the electrical aspects of various projects are up to code. All told, this small force reviews about 13,000 electrical permits a year. Wire inspectors also perform inspections when a property owner complains about potential problems with their electrical system.


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