CEDAR RAPIDS — Interim County Engineer Brad Ketels has dropped the “interim” in his title.
The Linn County Board of Supervisors on Monday named Ketels Linn County’s sixth county engineer.
“I am excited to continue my career with the Linn County Secondary Road Department as the county engineer. I look forward to maintaining the legacy of fiscal responsibility and superior quality roads and bridges, while enhancing working relationships in everything we do,” Ketels said in a Monday news release.
An eight-member committee unanimously approved Ketels for the job. He has served as interim engineer since April, when former County Engineer Steve Gannon retired. Ketels will assume his new position immediately.
“Directing Linn County’s Secondary Road Department to ensure high safety standards and working with our residents is an essential role. ... I have confidence in Brad’s leadership and believe he is the right person to lead this department forward,” Supervisor John Harris said in the release.
The county engineer is responsible for the Linn County Secondary Road Department, which includes overseeing construction and maintenance, supervising staff and preparing the department’s five-year budget and construction program.
“Brad brings 20 years of county engineering experience to this critical job of running Linn County’s secondary road system,” Supervisor Brent Oleson said in the release. “During the last six months as interim engineer, Brad has really stepped up to rally the troops within his department to make some monumental changes that will benefit road and bridge users and those dedicated employees who work on them.”
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Ketels joined the county as an engineer intern in 1998 and became assistant county engineer in 2001. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Iowa and a professional engineering license, a land surveyor intern license and is qualified as a bridge inspection program manager.
Gannon, who announced his plans to retire this year after 40 years with the county, recommended Ketels as the county’s next engineer.
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