COLUMBUS — The County Engineers Association of Ohio (CEAO) presented a number of awards to members during its annual business meeting on Dec. 5, 2016, in Columbus.
Mercer County’s James A. Wiechart was named the group’s County Engineer of the Year.
Scott Bressler, Operations Deputy for the Butler County Engineer’s Office, was selected as the group’s 2016 Employee of the Year.
Warren J. Schlatter of Defiance County was Ohio’s National Association of County Engineers (NACE) Rural County Engineer of the Year nominee.
Paul W. Gruner of Montgomery County was named as Ohio’s nomination for the NACE Urban County Engineer of the Year.
Recognizing their many years of service to the association and to preserving county roads and bridges, CEAO Lifetime Membership Awards were presented to: Fred F. Bennett, Belmont County Engineer; Thomas E. Beck, Richland County Engineer; L. Randy Bush, Morrow County Engineer; James L. Henry, Knox County Engineer; Roger K. Terrill, Wayne County Engineer; Del George, Guernsey County Engineer; Lonnie E. Tustin, Monroe County Engineer; Raymond A. Huber, Wood County Engineer; Joseph B. Kovach, Huron County Engineer; Michael J. Salay, Medina County Engineer; Craig J. Opperman, Scioto County Engineer.
Wiliam C. Lozier, Licking County Engineer, was presented with a CEAO Distinguished Service Award.
The 2017 CEAO officers were installed. Leading the association this year as president is Chris Bauserman, Delaware County Engineer. Montgomery County Engineer Paul Gruner is first vice president. The CEAO second vice president is Jeff Linkous, Clinton County Engineer. James Wiechart, Mercer County Engineer, continues as treasurer and current president Mark Zimmerman, Seneca County Engineer, moves into the immediate past president office.
The CEAO business meeting was conducted during the annual County Commissioners Association of Ohio and County Engineers Association of Ohio (CCAO/CEAO) Winter Conference.
County engineers are responsible for the maintenance, repair and capital improvements of county highways, roads and bridges in Ohio. County engineers are responsible for 28,971 miles of urban and rural roadways and 26,326 bridges that are vital to the combined growth and prosperity here in the state of Ohio. Since 1940, the County Engineers Association of Ohio has worked to unify its members in their goal to provide the highest quality transportation, drainage, surveying and land record keeping services.
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The 2017 County Engineers Association of Ohio officers were installed at the association’s annual meeting on Dec. 5, 2016 in Columbus. They are: (seated L to R) Second Vice President Jeff Linkous, Clinton County; President Chris Bauserman, Delaware County; First Vice President Paul Gruner, Montgomery County; 2016 Immediate Past President Doug Davis, Muskingum County; Treasurer James Wiechart, Mercer County; Immediate Past President Mark Zimmerman, Seneca County; and Executive Director Fred Pausch.
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