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Kevin Russel named county engineer

Harrison County’s interim engineer Kevin Russel of Elizabeth was officially named to head the department last week by the Harrison County Board of Commissioners.
Russel, 29, had served as assistant since May 1999 to former engineer Darin Duncan. Duncan resigned early this year to accept a position in the private sector.
‘I have enjoyed working here the past six years as the assistant county engineer and have enjoyed working as the county engineer even more this summer,’ Russel said. ‘It is a challenging job to keep up with, but it is worth it.
‘There are many exciting projects going on here in Harrison County, and I’m thankful to have been given the opportunity to play a role as these projects continue to develop over the coming years.’
Russel is a 1994 graduate of Floyd Central High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 1998 at the University of Evansville and worked briefly for Jacobi, Toombs & Lanz in Clarksville before taking the assistant engineer’s job in Harrison County.
He and his wife of nearly six years, the former Nancy Williams of Carmel, live near the Ohio River in Elizabeth. She is a registered nurse at Floyd Memorial Hospital in New Albany and works part-time as a physical therapist. They have a 7-month-old daughter, Abigail.
Russel has served on the board of the YMCA the past three years and coached eighth grade boys basketball at South Central Junior-Senior High School for five years.
‘I was forced reluctantly this summer to give up both so that I would have some time to spend with my family,’ he said.
Russel will earn $52,500 yearly, with the state paying $20,000 of that salary. Rob Huckaby, a Laconia native, will continue with the department as assistant engineer at a salary of $37,400. Amanda Crecelius rounds out the team as secretary. She lives near Marengo.
‘I have really good people here in the office with me,’ Russel said, ‘and, together, I think we make a good team.’