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Reorganization plan would dissolve Washington County engineering department

March 04, 2008|By JOSHUA BOWMAN

WASHINGTON COUNTY - The Washington County Engineering Department would be dissolved under a reorganization plan being considered today by the county commissioners.

The proposal, which would divide county engineering into two new departments, would make the hierarchy of the Department of Public Works more consistent with the way the department already functions, according to Public Works Director Joseph Kroboth III.

"For all intents and purposes, it operates this way now and has for several years. By separating the disciplines, we are just clearing up some of the authority lines to reflect that," Kroboth said.

Under the plan, the engineering department would be split into Public Works-Capital Projects and Public Works-Land Development.

Capital Projects would handle development, design and construction of items in the county's capital improvement program.

The Land Review Department would be responsible for reviewing and monitoring private development projects.

Each department would have its own staff, budget and deputy director who would report to the director of Public Works.

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Kroboth said one new position would be created as a result of the change - a grade-13 project manager who would be hired to work in Capital Projects.

Three vacant positions also would be filled under the reorganization plan, Kroboth said.

Both new departments would be headed by grade-17 deputy directors who would report to Kroboth. Those positions would replace the vacant deputy director of public works and chief engineer positions.

The county's chief engineer, Terrence P. McGee, resigned last month after more than 19 years with the county to work for Bechtel Corp.

The position of deputy director of public works has been vacant since Kroboth was promoted to Public Works director in February 2007.

In addition, a vacant grade-15 transportation planner position would be moved from the Planning Department to Land Development.

If the plan is approved, the new positions likely would take a month to fill, Kroboth said.

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