(BEDFORD) – The Bedford Planning and Zoning Department has two new employees.
Dustin Matlock was hired as Building Inspector/Code Enforcement on March 30 of this year.
Matlock is not a new face as a city employee. Prior to moving to the Planning Department he worked at the Filtration Plant for the last seven years.
In Matlock’s new role he will inspect new construction and remodeling of businesses and homes within the city. Also, Matlock will respond to complaints of ordinance violations within the city limits such as high grass, weeds, or other ordinance violations.
Ordinance violations are reported by residents and other city employees and then filed with the planning department.
Matlock has previous building construction knowledge from building homes locally and being self-employed prior to working for the city.
“I love to be able to work outside with my job. I enjoy working with people and being in a great work environment,” said Matlock.
Dustin Matlock is married to his wife Cassie, who together have five children: Allie Matlock, Colten Matlock, Chloe Spires, Conner Spires, and Carrisa Matlock.
In his spare time, Matlock enjoys golfing and is a car enthusiast. He and his dad have been working on an old Dodge muscle car for the last seven years.
Kelli Spires was hired as an office manager. She started on March 16.
Spires has been a dispatcher for the City of Bedford Police Department since 2010 before being hired as the office manager for the Planning Department.
Her duties include fielding complaints from residents on ordinance violations; and filing building, demolition, and burn permits along with other standard office procedures. She also makes sure reports and budgets are completed on a monthly basis.
“This job is exciting to me; a whole lot different pace than what I was accustomed to as being a dispatcher. This environment is definitely a lot more relaxed. The work environment is different day and night from the stress of taking emergency calls,” said Spires. “This has been a smooth transition. Everyone has made me feel welcomed, as well as allow me to take the time to get educated to my new position.”
Kelli Spires has been married to her husband Jack for more than 17 years. They have four children and one granddaughter. A grandson is expected to arrive in August.
“I love spending time with my grandchildren. These grandchildren keep us very busy. Some of the normal activities we do as a family was altered by the pandemic,” said Spires.
“I have two daughters in dance, and because of the pandemic we have not been able to go. As well as a son who is in baseball and we not have been able to watch him play this year,” said Spires.