Editor's note: The following is a press release from the village of Montgomery.
Laura Rouse-DeVore had only been a code enforcement officer in Illinois for a few months before she was nominated for a noteworthy role.
Rouse-DeVore has been elected to serve as the first vice president of the Illinois Association of Code Enforcement. Rouse-DeVore, Montgomery’s code enforcement officer, was hired by the village in April and accepted the IACE position in December.
Rouse-DeVore, an Indiana native, will be representing code enforcement professionals throughout the state and be exposed to valuable and progressive knowledge she can implement in Montgomery.
“Having [Rouse-DeVore] involved at the state level will really benefit this community,” said Mike Klupar, who is Rouse-DeVore’s supervisor. “This is an opportunity for her to collaborate and collect new ideas and strategies that can be put to practical use in Montgomery.”
Rouse-DeVore is a nationally-certified Code Enforcement Officer, Zoning Inspector, and Property Maintenance and Housing Inspector. She has education in Urban Planning and Sociology. Rouse-DeVore holds a B.S. from Ball State University and is currently completing her M.B.A. from Western Governor’s University.
Rouse-DeVore’s role in Montgomery follows over a decade of Community Development experience in Carmel, IN and Fishers, IN, two communities recognized nationally for outstanding quality of life. Rouse-DeVore is looking forward to utilizing her education and background to introduce several new code enforcement initiatives in Montgomery in the year ahead.
“I take pride in the opportunity to serve the residents of Montgomery,” said Rouse-DeVore. “I am honored the next step in my career has brought me to Illinois.”
Rouse-Devore’s two-year term started Dec. 5, and she said she can’t wait to start putting her skills to use at the state level.
“I see great value in the role that code enforcement officials have within the community,” said Rouse-DeVore. “The opportunity to serve and represent other code enforcement professionals within the State of Illinois through this role with IACE is an honor and privilege.”