Clatsop County Administrator Scott Derickson announces the hiring of Edward L. Wegner Jr. as the county's new Public Works director.

Wegner, Public Works director for the City of Tigard for the past 10 years, brings three decades of experience in public administration in public works and parks and recreation. He is scheduled to begin his new job Feb. 11.

Derickson selected Wegner from among 30-plus applicants following a thorough selection process. Wegner was among four semi-finalists who participated in interviews with county department heads, a panel of community leaders and professional peers, and the administrator and a community "meet-and-greet" gathering.

"While all of the semi-finalists were excellent candidates for the job, Ed was clearly the most qualified and was the unanimous choice of the selection committee," Derickson said. "He has an impressive background, including more than 10 years as the Public Works director for the City of Tigard. His references spoke highly of his professionalism and competency. I was impressed by his professionalism, hands-on, in-the-field leadership style, high energy level, his commitment to community and his strong desire to live and work in Clatsop County."

Wegner will succeed Randy Trevillian, who retired last spring after 24 years with the county. Trevillian has stayed on as interim director of both the Public Works and Community Development departments. Derickson hopes to hire a new community development director later this month.

"I am very pleased to accept the position of Public Works director," Wegner said. "From all the information that I gathered during the recruitment process, I am excited to work with all the fine people in Clatsop County government. I look forward to working with the Public Works staff, many of whom I met during this process."

In Tigard, Wegner was responsible for maintaining the city streets, water and sewer systems and parks. He oversaw a $9 million budget and 65 employees.

For Clatsop County, he will oversee maintenance of the county's 250 miles of roads and bridges and the functions of the engineering and surveying offices. He will be in charge of 40 employees and oversee a budget of nearly $6 million.

Before coming to work for Tigard in January 1994, Wegner was the physical plant superintendent for Metro Community College in Kansas City, Mo.; director of community services for Gladstone, Mo.; parks and recreation director for the park district in Valparaiso, Ind., and parks and recreation director for Beatrice, Neb.

He holds a graduate certificate from Indiana University's executive development program and a bachelor of science from University of Nebraska in recreation.

His professional and community involvement includes serving as the chairman of the proposed Bull Run Regional Drinking Water Agency technical advisory committee; president of the Tigard Breakfast Rotary Club; and as a member of the steering committee and foundation board for the Tigard Festival of Balloons. He is involved in a "resource city" program between Tigard and Samarinda, Indonesia.

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