By Patrick Fancher
After searching nationwide and narrowing their list to just five qualified candidates, Benton County has found its next public works director, Joshua Wheeler. Wheeler comes to Corvallis from North Chicago, Illinois where he held a director position, in addition to serving as the city engineer.
He brings almost a decade of engineering and project management experience from his duty as public works director, both in the public and private sector. Wheeler’s educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Purdue University.
“I am looking forward to moving west and continuing my career in Benton County,” Wheeler said in his introductory press release. “The interview process was rigorous but gave the candidates an excellent view of what Benton County is all about. The staff could not have been more gracious and supportive, and I look forward to working with them to continue the success they have.”
The director position has been up for grabs since Roger Irving retired in the spring. Wheeler will officially take over those duties on Monday, Aug. 4, and county officials are pleased to have him on board.