Search still on for County Engineer

Mayor Bryan Baptiste is continuing to look for a new county engineer.

The position will continue to remain vacant in the first few days of his administration, Baptiste said.

“We would rather take some time to find the right person than rush to fill the position,” Baptiste said in a news release.

The county engineer heads the largest county department, which has about 400 employees.

The position calls for the successful candidate to be a registered professional engineer with a minimum of five years of training and experience in an engineering position, with at least three years in an administrative capacity, Baptiste said.

Baptiste said finding the right person is not going to be easy.

“People with this level of experience and schooling are requiring much higher salaries than the county can pay at this time,” Baptiste said. “It is my hope that we can eventually increase the compensation package so we can recruit highly-qualified candidates.”

The department is currently headed by acting county engineer Ian Costa.

Costa assumed that post when county engineer Cesar Portugal stepped down this year and took over the engineering division of the public works department following the retirement of Ken Kitabayashi.

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