The Aquinnah select board voted Wednesday to appoint Adam Petkus as the town’s building inspector.

Mr. Petkus will start the position July 5, pending the approval of an intergovernmental agreement between Chilmark and Aquinnah that would allow him to work for both towns.

The role has been unfilled in Aquinnah for several years, and Mr. Petkus, a construction worker and lifelong Islander, will oversee permits and inspections of all new building projects and renovations.

“This is a big deal for me,” Mr. Petkus said. “It’s a big deal for my family. I have roots here and I intend on making them deeper. I have no doubt that both towns will come to a really good agreement.”

Later in the meeting, the select board signed a resolution for the state Green Communities program, demonstrating the town’s commitment to an all-electric construction program set to begin January 1, 2024, and the elimination of fossil fuel emissions by 2040.

“This will be one of the simplest things [Mr. Petkus] needs to deal with,” explained Bill Lake, chair of the town’s climate and energy committee. “If he gets a permit [request] for new construction and it involves fossil fuels, he says ‘no.’”