Phil was acting as an agent of the State Windstorm Insurance and its engineering rules.
In certain counties that are prone to hurricanes there are rules and engineering requirements beyond normal construction engineering. That these requirements are met are often required by financial organizations for the construction. They are also required by many insurance policies to be purchased for the construction. As an appointed engineer Phil had to review the plans write any additional specifications for the contractor and then write a report to the state assuring that all they were met so the state could issue a certificate of completion.