City Codes Inspector awarded 2020 ‘Code Official of the Year’

Dec 29, 2020 at 11:45 am by WGNS

L/R Robert Holtz, director of City Building and Codes and Trey Axum, Codes Inspector.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — The City of Murfreesboro is proud to announce that City of Murfreesboro Codes Inspector Trey Axum was recently awarded the “Code Official of the Year” for the Middle Tennessee area by the Middle Tennessee Codes Officials Association.

Robert Holtz, president of the Middle Tennessee Codes Officials Association (MTCOA), presented Axum with his plaque during a staff meeting in December.  Axum was not able to attend the MTCOA meeting to receive the award.  

“During the time Trey has worked in Building and Codes, he has seen the City drastically change from what some would consider a small town to one of the larger cities in the state of Tennessee and one of the fastest growing cities in the nation, said Robert Holtz, director of Murfreesboro’s Building and Codes Department.

Axum has worked as a Codes Inspector for the City of Murfreesboro for nearly 30 years. Prior to working for Murfreesboro, he was a landscape architect in Nashville.

During his tenure, the city of Murfreesboro and Building & Codes has changed and adapted along with the community’s growth.  The Codes Department has moved locations, transitioned from paper to electronic processing, updated software technology and adopted new codes along with countless other changed and innovations during Axum’s career. 

“Not only has Trey adapted to changes, he has also adapted with staffing.  No matter who comes and goes, Trey has always been ready to help new employees and inspectors.” said Kevin Jones, assistant director of Building and Codes. “He has been a dedicated employee who is always willing to pitch-in and will leave a large voice for other inspectors to fill when he decides to retire.

After retirement, sometime soon, Axum plans to continue in a building capacity by volunteering with Habitat for Humanity.  

MTCOA exists to encourage safe building practices and code complaint construction throughout Middle Tennessee. The organization presents many educational and networking opportunities throughout the year to instruct and inform members on the latest developments in construction and code enforcement.  For more information, visit

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