CAHCEO was founded in 1971 by Housing Code Enforcement Officials from cities and town throughout Connecticut. These dynamic and visionary individuals recognized the need for an organization to provide continued education and training for code officials along with networking opportunities and housing related advocacy and legislation.
The first president of CAHCEO was John Potkay, Chief of Housing Code Enforcement from the City of Hartford. Mr. Potkay, D. Daniel Bobili from The City of Bridgeport, and other code officials met in the spring of 1971 and began the legal process of incorporating the Association. The original twenty-eight (28) founding members of CAHCEO are often referred to as the "Founding Fathers" of the Association.
Since 1971 there have been twenty-six (26) individuals that have held the position of President. Today, CAHCEO's membership is over 130 active and retired individuals comprised of Housing Code Officials, Registered Sanitarians, Building Inspectors, and Assistant States Attorneys from the State of CT Judicial Department.
CAHCEO is presently the only Housing Code (Property Maintenance) organization representing and providing education, training, networking, advocacy, and legislation for code officials in the New England region.
In 1997, CAHCEO became a chapter of the Building Officials and Code Administrators International, Inc (BOCA). In 2003, BOCA, the International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO), and the Southern Building Code Congress International (SBCCI) merged into the International Code Council (ICC) forming the world's largest and most comprehensive model code and building safety organization.