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Supervisors hire county engineer

July 29, 2014
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer , Estherville News

The Emmet County Board of Supervisors Tuesday unanimously agreed to hire a new county engineer.

Walter Davis-Oeth, 28, Pocohontas County assistant engineer, will start the $78,000-a-year position Aug. 11.

Davis-Oeth replaces Scott Brunsvold, principal at Jacobson-Westergard & Associated Inc., who served as interim engineer after former county engineer Roger Patocka was placed on paid administrative leave and later resigned. Patocka continued to receive his salary and benefits until June 30.

"He offers a lot of experience for his age," said board of supervisors chair Alan Madden, noting that Davis-Oeth already had experience working in a county engineer's office and was a certified PE.

Madden said the Iowa native is a University of Iowa graduate.

"He's made a lot of progress in getting his PE early," Madden said, adding that Davis-Oeth had demonstrated a not of new ideas.

Madden said the board interviewed three out of six applicants who ranged from Iowa to Minnesota to Kansas.



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