Greensboro’s chief electrical inspector is first female president of international association’s NC chapter

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- On any given day, Pat Griffith Rose covers a lot of ground.

She makes sure industrial, residential, and commercial buildings meet electrical standards.

Typically, seeing another woman on a construction site is few and far between, but that hasn’t stopped her from being in a league of her own.

Griffith Rose has been in the electrical field for almost 40 years – serving as an electrical inspector with the City of Greensboro for 27 years.

Her work ethic quickly earned the respect of her colleagues, and because of that respect, she says she hasn’t had problems because she’s a woman.

“Probably after about six or eight months they started calling me. They didn't call my boss anymore -- to me they had accepted me as a field inspector,” she said.

Four years ago, Griffith Rose was promoted from field inspector to the position she holds now.

She is the chief electrical inspector for the City of Greensboro – the top position for the city’s electrical inspectors.

She recently became the first female president for the NC Ellis Cannady Chapter of International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI).

The achievement makes her the first female chapter president in North Carolina, and only the second in the United States.

She will begin her tenure in November.

“It’s an honor. It really is and a compliment to me and the City of Greensboro,” Griffith Rose said.

Griffith Rose is also a Vietnam-era veteran serving in the United States Army from 1972 to 1974.

She has had a rewarding career while raising three children, and she now has 23 grandchildren.