Russel honored by AIC
Harrison County Engineer Kevin Russel last week was awarded the 2013 Outstanding County Highway Engineer Award by the Association of Indiana Counties.
The award recognized Russel’s contributions made to county government throughout his years of service.
‘I’ve worked with Kevin for only nine months, but it’s easy to see why he received this award,’ County Commissioner George Ethridge said. ‘He puts his heart into his work, and it shows.’
Russel was hired as the assistant highway engineer in 1999 and moved to the engineer position in 2006. Before working for the county, he was an engineer at Jacobi, Toombs & Lanz Inc. He is the president of the Indiana Association of County Engineers and Supervisors and is the association’s representative to the Indiana Local Technical Assistance Program.
Russel said an awards committee nominates and decides who receives the awards.
‘It was an honor to be selected,’ he said.
The award was presented during AIC’s annual conference, the state’s largest gathering of county officials. The four-day conference included an array of workshops and breakout sessions designed specifically for county officeholders. Officials met in Switzerland County along with representatives from public agencies and private entities. Conference topics addressed a variety of issues concerning local governments including how federal health care reform affects counties, government administration, funding county services and taking full advantage of road dollars.
The previous Harrison County Board of Commissioners received an award in 2010 from AIC for its work renovating the old Harrison County Hospital into the Government Center.