LIMA — Allen County will now have an interim engineer until the county’s Republicans choose a replacement for retiring engineer Tim Piper.
Brion Rhodes, currently the county’s chief deputy engineer and bridge engineer, will take the reins temporarily at the engineer’s office beginning Saturday. A permanent replacement must not be named for five days after Piper’s retirement, with the position needing to be filled within 45 days, according to the Ohio Revised Code.
“I’ve been the chief deputy engineer for six years, and whether I’m chief deputy or interim engineer, the responsibilities are the same, and that’s to maintain the office in the absence of the county engineer,” Rhodes said.
Rhodes will oversee the various ongoing projects the engineer’s office is undertaking, such as completing the Shawnee Road roundabout and various road projects. He credits the chief engineers who have gone on before him to prepare him for this role.
“Allen County has a long history of great engineers, and I’ve had the pleasure of working under three of them, most recently Tim Piper,” he said. “Tim and I have worked together for 18 years, and he’s a fantastic engineer. I’ve learned a lot from him, and I have big shoes to fill.”
Rhodes hopes that his new role will not be solely on an interim basis.
“It’s been my goal for 24 years to be a county engineer, so I will be applying for the position,” he said.
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