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CORBIN -- The city of Corbin's new Building Inspector/ Code Enforcement Officer, Lawrence Benfield, isn't one to brag on himself or boast about past accomplishments unless asked.

"I'm not very good with interviews, that's one of my downfalls," Benfield said laughing. "I don't like to talk about accomplishments unless I'm asked specifically about something, then I'll give my input, but I'm not a self-promoter or whatever. I lead a simple life."

Benfield, a native of Lily, took over Jan. 2 following the resignation of former Code Enforcement Officer Mike Mahan. The position had been vacant since Oct. 7. Prior to that, Benfield worked as the director of maintenance at the Heritage Nursing Home in Corbin.

Before that, Benfield worked with the railroad as a conductor. He believes the organization and preparation required to be a conductor will translate well and help him in his current role. Benfield also has a background in building houses and I.T.

In the time since taking over as Corbin's Building Inspector/ Code Enforcement Officer, Benfield says he's still getting used to his new role.

"I'm just getting my feet wet. I've only been out and about a few times, but right now I'm just getting use to the office, the paperwork flow and the dos and don'ts that I can and cannot do," he said. "It's still a learning process right now. There's no way I could have jumped in here and just took off. I'm supposed to be going out in the next couple of days, just getting more and more into it."

Benfield says his new position is a slowdown for him, and although he leads a simple life, he also also describes himself as "fast-paced."

"Making that adjustment is kind of odd for me. It's probably the first job that I've ever been able to, once I leave at a certain time, I don't have to worry about it until the next day. That's a big plus. I couldn't tell you future goals right now other than to make sure I get this job under wraps the way it should be run."

When asked what he enjoys most about his new role, Benfield says he likes meeting with people who come to his office. He also enjoys the fact that his role allows him to go out into the community and that he doesn't have to sit behind a desk all day. While he admits that he realizes that code enforcement isn't the most well liked position amongst the public, he says he isn't looking to be hard on people, but wants to makes sure people are conforming to the city's codes.

Outside of work Benfield likes to keep things simple.

"I live out in the country. I've got a little, it's not like full functioning farm or anything, but I've got plenty of land that I can get out and about and basically do outside stuff."

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