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Free Smoke Alarms Program

If you have a complaint concerning the code (unsafe or unsanitary conditions), fill out the citizen complaint form and return it to the Department of Public Safety.

Charles Vannatter became the Building Official for the Town of Wytheville in 2015. A native of West Virginia, Charles began his fire service career in 1990 as a firefighter in WV.

Charles received an Associate in Science in Criminal Justice and General Studies from Southern West Virginia Community and Technology Center. He graduated cum laude with a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice with minor in Corrections from West Virginia State College and a Masters degree in Justice Leadership from Marshall University Graduate College.

Charles has graduated from numerous public service academies including: National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland, West Virginia Natural Resource Police Academy, West Virginia Corrections Academy, Virginia Fire Chief’s Academy and the Virginia Fire Marshal Academy. He has taken several courses from the Jack Proctor Academy in Virginia for Building Officials.

He is a certified NFPA & ICC Fire Inspector I & II; NAFI (National Certified Fire and Explosive Investigator); ICC Certified Building Official, Commercial Building Inspector, Accessibility Inspector/Plan Examiner. Adjunct instructor for the Virginia Fire Marshal Academy. Completing the Apprentice Program from the Virginia Department of Labor as a Building Official and Fire Marshal.

He serves on many professional committees and boards as treasure and founding member of the Southwest Virginia Code Officials Association. Virginia Building Code Association Region I representative for Property Maintenance Code, High School Technical Program and Fire Protection.

Prior to joining the Town of Wytheville, Charles was a supervisor as an West Virginia Assistant State Fire Marshal for the Mercer County area.