STAFF

Les Townzen, CFPS, President / CEO


Mr. Townzen has been in the fire protection field since 1977 and has been involved in national code development since 1995. He has served on the code development committee for the both the International Fire and Building Codes. He was on the drafting committee for the International Performance Code.

Mr. Townzen has worked in two major local jurisdictions over the past 35 years in many roles in code enforcement and has served as the lead code manager for the Washington State Fire Marshals office prior to his employment as a Regional Director with a national private fire engineering consulting firm before starting Townzen & Associates in 2005.


Jim Townzen, Vice President - Security Risk Solutions



Jim has 25 years of experience in installation, service, design and planning of all types and sizes of access control, intrusion and video systems. This unique combination of skills are invaluable when helping clients select technology and create a functional serviceable system that they will be happy with for many years.


Ron Kemp, CBO, Senior Inspector / Plan Review

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Ron has over 30 years of project management and construction experience in all aspects of construction as well as over 8 years as Building Official, Development Services Director, Inspector and Project Administrator for an $18M waste water treatment plant for local jurisdiction's.

Current International Code Council certifications: Certified Building Official, Certified Building Plans Examiner, Certified Building Inspector, Certified Energy Plans Examiner, Residential Mechanical, Commercial Mechanical, Accessibility (inspector and plans).


Gary Carlson, CBO, Senior Plan Review / Inspector

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Gary has been with Townzen & Associates, Inc since September 2016.  His primary duties at TA are plans examiner and inspector for several of our public-sector clients.  Gary has a wealth of knowledge through his 40 years working for several local jurisdictions in many capacities.  Gary retired as the building official for the City of Yelm in 2016.

Current International Code Council certifications: Certified Plans Examiner, Certified Building Inspector, Certified Building Official.


Debi Cler, Plan Reviewer - Client Rep

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Debi has been with Townzen & Associates, Inc. since October 2016. Her primary duties at TA are plans examiner and customer service liaison for several of our public-sector clients.

Current International Code Council certifications: Residential Plans Examiner, Building Plans Examiner, Mechanical Plans Examiner, Fire Plans Examiner, Permit Technician and Accessibility Inspector/Plans Examiner..

Current Oregon Certifications: Oregon Inspector Certification (OIC), Residential Structural Inspector (CAS), Residential Plans Examiner (CAX), Plans Examiner A-Level (PEA) and Fire and Life Safety Plans Examiner (PEF).