J. Thomas Stoner, P.E. and Dean Ringle, P.E., members of ARTBA’s Transportation Officials Division (TOD), were recently named “Rural County Engineer of the Year” and “Urban County Engineer of the Year,” respectively, by the National Association of County Engineers (NACE). The announcement was made in April during the NACE annual meeting in Baton Rouge, La.

The awards recognize the “application of efficient engineering management principles and standards for the economic design, construction, maintenance and operation of public works facilities.”

Since 1985, Stoner has been county engineer for Harrison County, Iowa. He has managed the replacement of 36 deficient bridges, the grading and paving of over 45 miles of roadways, safety upgrades on more than 23 railroad crossings, and the patching and overlay of nearly 105 miles of sub-standard pavements. He was selected to serve on the Governor’s Task Force on Government Efficiency and the Rebuild Iowa Task Force.

Ringle serves as county engineer for Franklin County, Ohio.  He constructed some of the state’s “firsts,” including two cable-stay suspension bridges, a flyover bridge with double roundabouts, a modern roundabout, and an environmentally sensitive bio-swale for capturing storm-water runoff.  He was appointed by the Governor as a board member to the State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers & Surveyors, and previously served as a board member for two former governors from 1996 to 2005.