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McDonald resigns as county engineer

By Staff | Feb 2, 2015

Faribault County is on the hunt to fill the position of county highway engineer and public works director.

John McDonald submitted his resignation as of last week.

McDonald, who has been the county highway engineer since 1999, has taken a position with the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) at their Duluth office.

“My new position is actually titled district state aid engineer for MnDOT’s District 1,” McDonald said. “I will start there in March.”

He says the position was open and he decided it could be a good fit, so he applied, was interviewed and hired.

“I think this is a good time in my life for some new challenges and opportunities in another part of the state,” McDonald says. “I am excited to join the MnDOT team.”

McDonald’s last day of employment in Faribault County is Feb. 20.

He had been working for Bolton and Menk Engineers in Fairmont when the Faribault County position opened up in 1999.

“Faribault County has been a great place to work,” McDonald says. “I have enjoyed working with everyone here, in the highway department and with the county commissioners.”

McDonald says he and his wife, Deb, have not made any plans on when they will be moving north. Deb McDonald is also an engineer and works for Waste Management in an office in Blue Earth.

“Our oldest daughter, Maddie, is a senior at the University of Minnesota, Duluth,” McDonald says. “So, we have spent a lot of time there over the past four years.”

Their younger daughter, Audrey, attends the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

“Since we have the empty nest thing going on, it just seemed like if we were ever going to make a move, this would be the time to do it.”

He added that both he and his wife have loved living in Blue Earth, saying it was a great place to raise a family.

“We will definitely miss it,” he says.

The county is running an ad for the position in this week’s Faribault County Register.

“I think the county will be able to find some quality candidates to fill the job,” McDonald said. “They will be trying to get someone hired as soon as they can.”