CHELMSFORD -- Lowell's building commissioner is headed to Chelmsford.
Shaun Shanahan will replace former Building Commissioner/Zoning Enforcement Officer Mark Dupell, who left July 6 after eight years on the job.
Shanahan and Town Manager Paul Cohen confirmed Thursday Shanahan accepted the job offer this week. Shanahan is expected to start in Chelmsford in early August.
"Clearly, the experience he's had in Lowell is attractive in terms of the diversity of the zoning, building and code issues he had to deal with there," Cohen said.
Shanahan said he's looking forward to putting what he's learned in Lowell to use and to dig into more rural issues.
"I just think it's a good opportunity for me, to go out and deal with some things I haven't been exposed to in the inner city," he said.
Shanahan, a Tyngsboro resident, has worked for Lowell since 2004, when he was hired as a public works employee. He's served as building commissioner since 2010, overseeing the city's building and health inspectors.
Shanahan said he's dealt with issues ranging from the opioid epidemic to commercial projects.
"I have a good grasp and knowledge of those types of projects, and I'm really looking forward to getting my hands into that Route 129 corridor," he said.
He called the commercial area "an open canvas," and said it was one of the draws to the job.
Cohen said Shanahan was one of three finalists, all building commissioners in eastern Massachusetts communities.
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