Building inspector on paid leave

By Ed Brock

A Clayton County building inspector is on paid administrative leave as police investigate whether he improperly inspected homes his own company worked on.

Joe Murphy, assistant director of community development for the county, has been on leave since the allegations were brought to the attention of Eddie Williams, Murphy's boss, Williams said.

"I had no idea about this until the news media came," Williams said.

According to reports, Murphy inspected homes in Cardinal Crossing subdivision, where his electrical contracting company had done some work as a subcontractor for D.H.M. Inc., another electrical contractor.

Murphy did not return phone calls seeking comment. Melvin Robertson, another building inspector identified by Williams as the person who filed the complaints about Murphy's conduct, hung up the telephone twice before he could be questioned about the case.

Cardinal Crossing developer Robby Moore also had no direct connection with Murphy since he only contracted with D.H.M., Moore's attorney, Steve Frey, said.

"That's too far removed from my client's control," Frey said.

No one at D.H.M. was available for comment.

Frey also said that the homes involved in the incident had also passed third-party inspections before being sold.

Apart from confirming that an investigation is under way, Clayton County Police Department spokesman Capt. Jeff Turner said he could not comment.