Jo Co Commissioner Explains City/County Engineer Need

Johnson County Commissioner Smokey Wildeman
Johnson County Commissioner Smokey Wildeman

Johnson County Commission Chair Smokey Wildeman feels the need to explain more about the joint City/County engineer position that the entities have formally decided to back.

At their meetings earlier this month, both the County and the City decided to approve the hiring of an engineer, with more negotiations to follow and be finalized before hiring for the position. Wildeman explains.

The engineer would oversee the various projects and protect the interests of both the City and the County, according to Wildeman. The new engineer is expected to be hired by the beginning of the year.

The City and County will share the costs of the new position 50/50 for the first year, and will keep track of which entity used him/her more. They will adjust the share of expenses based on the percentages of usage.

As an example, if the County uses the engineer 70% of the time, then in year two of the contract, the County will be responsible for 70% of the total expenses and the City would contribute 30%, or vise-versa. The figures will be updated yearly.

More negotiations between the entities will happen before the engineer is officially hired.

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