Sam Palmer, P.E., CBO
Sam Palmer is the Assistant Director for the Clark County Department of Building and Fire Prevention in Las Vegas, Nevada. He has been serving in this role since 2013. Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing top-quality service with integrity, respect, and accountability. The Department has jurisdiction over the world-famous Las Vegas Strip.
Sam was the Western Operating Group Manager for Terracon Consultants, Inc, an ENR Top 50 engineering firm, from 2001-2013. He was responsible for the overall technical and administrative operations as well as client development. He was a member of both Terracon’s Operations Committee, which oversaw the firm’s activities on a regular basis, and Terracon’s Board of Directors, which provided executive level oversight of the firm’s operations.
For the past three years, Sam has served as the Chairman for the IAS Accreditation Committee. As Chairman, Sam has successfully reviewed and approved innovative practices through the public hearing process that are both pragmatic and technically consistent, while ensuring that they meet the current IAS accreditation criteria.
Sam earned his BS in Geological Engineering with a Minor in Environmental Studies in 1983 from the University of Nevada, Reno. He went on to earn his master’s degree in Business Administration in 1992 from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. He is a past President of the Southern Nevada ICC Chapter, where he also served as Chairman of the 2019 ICC Las Vegas Annual Business Meeting planning committee. He is currently the Chairman of the Nevada Organization of Building Officials. Sam was also Chairman of the State of Nevada Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors and is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers.