Licensee was charged with practicing as an engineering firm without a professional engineer acting as a “principal officer of the business organization” and without updating the firm’s information with the Board, a violation of Sections 455.227(1)(k), and 471.033(1)(a), Florida Statutes. Licensee designated Robert Moorhouse as the principal officer for purposes of obtaining its Certificate of Authorization as required by Section 471.023, Florida Statutes. Mr. Moorhouse was the only professional engineer practicing within Licensee who met the statutory requirement. On October 9, 2013, Mr. Moorhouse died. Licensee was required to notify the Board within 30 days of the change of status of Licensee’s Professional Engineer who acted as principal officer. Licensee was also required to enter into an arrangement with another Professional Engineer who would replace Mr. Moorhouse as principal officer. Licensee failed to comply with the requirement of Section 471.023, Florida Statutes, and has continued to practice as an engineering firm without a Professional Engineer acting as principal officer and without updating the firm’s information with the Board. As a result, Licensee violated Section 455.227(1)(k) and Section 471.033(1)(a), Florida Statutes.
Ruling: A Final Order was issued against Tajmir-Davis & Associates Engineering, Inc., adopting the Settlement Stipulation, which imposed a Fine of $5,000 and Costs of $370.50, Appearance before the Board, a Reprimand, and two years’ probation. Final Order was issued on October 15, 2014.
Violation: Sections 455.227(1)(k), and 471.033(1)(a), Florida Statutes.