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County engineer Darin Duncan to resign

Harrison County Engineer Darin Duncan Monday told county officials that he will resign at the end of the workday on Monday, April 18.
‘It has been a difficult decision to make,’ Duncan said. ‘But I have another opportunity that if I don’t give it a shot, I would look back and wish I had.
‘Thank you for the opportunity to serve you, thanks for the memories, and thanks for the positive encouragement you have given me during my tenure here as your county engineer,’ Duncan said, reading from his written, two-week notice.
‘I can only hope that I have had a small role in leaving the infrastructure in this county in better shape now than it was when I began here.’
Duncan has accepted a position as director of engineering with Culverts Plus of Bedford, which plans to open an office here.
Commissioner James Goldman said he applauds the decision made eight years ago to hire Duncan and does not fault him for taking advantage of an opportunity.
Since Duncan came to work for the county in 1996, more than 220 miles of gravel roads have been blacktopped, 280 miles of paved roads resurfaced, 16 bridges more than 20 feet long constructed, and a competitive bidding process adopted for asphalt contracting.
Other highlights include increasing the safety of travel through striping and guardrail placement and a long-range transportation plan. Federal funds have also been secured for a new road linking Interstate 64 at Lanesville to S.R. 64 in Georgetown, and Congress has earmarked funds for a second I-64 interchange at Corydon.
‘I appreciate your work here; I appreciate everything you have done for us,’ Commissioner James Goldman told Duncan. ‘I appreciate working with you,’ said Commissioner Jim Heitkemper.
Commission chair J.R. Eckart told Duncan, an Elizabeth native, that his deep roots in the community have been a great asset.
In fact, Eckart said, ‘The only limitations will be those that you chose for yourself.’
The commissioners will meet in executive session to determine the process they will take to replace Duncan, Eckart said.