New county sanitary engineer appointed

By Wayne Allen - [email protected]

In it’s only meeting of the week on Tuesday, the Scioto County Commissioners appointed J.P. Pickelsimer as the Scioto County Sanitary Engineer effective next week.

J.P. was appointed replacing retiring Joe Delong effective Monday (Nov. 21). Delong has held the title of Scioto County Sanitary Engineer twice from 1997-2006 and from 2011-2016 and has worked with Pickelsimer over the last several months preparing him for the job.

“We really appreciate all of the hard work, that Joe did for the county not just once but twice,” said Scioto County Commissioner Bryan Davis. “During his tenure he did a lot of great things and there were several large projects that we’re accomplished (under his leadership), we appreciate his service to the county.”

According to a story published by the Daily Times on October 27, 2016 about DeLong’s pending retirement, during his tenure he has overseen roughly $35 million in projects for the office. The projects include the Minford Sanitary Sewer System, Eden Park Sanitary System and oversaw the county on the sewage treatment plant in South Webster.

“I worked three years with the county engineers office and I have 15 years in construction,” Picklesimer said.

When asked what made him seek to be the sanitary engineer, he said, “this is a good opportunity. I got the opportunity to work with Joe (DeLong) for about six months and everything is working great now.”

When asked about his vision for the future of the office, he said,”hopefully we’re going to keep going the same way we’re going and expand it as opportunities and funds become available.”

According to Picklesimer, he’s looking forward to the opportunity and challenges of being the Scioto County Sanitary Engineer.

Picklesimer and his wife have one daughter who is ten years old, and one son who is eight years old. The family resides in West Portsmouth.

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By Wayne Allen

[email protected]

Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101 ext. 1933 or WayneAllenPDT on Twitter

Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101 ext. 1933 or WayneAllenPDT on Twitter