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History of WCEO

Ohio was admitted to the Union in 1803—and one of the original offices created by the first General Assembly was that of county surveyor, from which the county engineer’s office has evolved. When a new county was created, the Legislature appointed a Court of Common Pleas. The court appointed the county surveyor.

Around 1820, the state became increasingly caught up in the “internal improvements” movement. Some of the county surveyors were involved with building Ohio’s network of canals, and virtually all were called upon to spend more and more time developing the state’s integrated system of good roads. The increasing responsibilities of the position moved the Legislature, in 1831, to make the office of county surveyor elective, for a term of three years.

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By late in the 19th Century the county surveyor was almost totally involved with building and maintaining roads, bridges, and drainage ditches. Legislation in 1915 established a salary and the responsibility of also being resident engineer for the State Highway Department.

The year 1928 saw the county engineer emerging as the public official you know today. In that year he was elected to a four (4) year term and on August 30, 1935, the title of the office was changed to “County Engineer”.

Only persons who hold registration certificates of the state of Ohio as both “Registered Professional Engineers” and “Registered Professional Surveyors” may qualify for the office of County Engineer. The elected County Engineer “shall perform for the county all duties authorized or declared by law to be done by a civil engineer or surveyor”. Although specifically exempted from engineering responsibilities on public buildings, he is the engineer for all public improvements under the authority of the board of commissioners within and for the county.

Our County’s Engineer – Past and Present

Neil F. Tunison
Neil F. Tunison, P.E., P.S.
1997 - Present
Craig Pendleton, P.E., P.S.
Craig R. Pendleton, P.E., P.S.
1975 - 1997
Stan H. Markey, P.E., P.S.
Stanley H. Markey, P.E., P.S.
1964 - 1975
Leroy F. Wertz,  P.E., P.S.
Leroy F. Wertz, P.E., P.S.
1948 - 1964
Herschel G. Stiles
Herschel G. Stiles
1947 - 1948
Charles Guard Jr,  P.E., P.S.
Charles L. Guard Jr, P.E., P.S.
1946 - 1947
Harold E. Senf,  P.E., P.S.
Harold E. Senf, P.E., P.S.
1945 - 1946
Sam D. Henkle,  P.E., P.S.
Sam D. Henkle, P.E., P.S.
1934 - 1945

County Surveyors

John S. Van Horn
P.O. Monfort
Earl J. Spencer
Roy F. Miller
Sam D. Henkle
Walter Henkle
P.O. Monfort
Frank A. Bone
A.F. Hinsch
Joel Evans
Eli Kirk
A.F. Hinsch
Isaac Peacock
L.S. Hatton
Enoch Hammell
Emmor Bailey
Israel Woodruff
Emmor Bailey
Thomas Clayton
Israel Woodruff
Allen Wright