No reason to replace Hook as engineer I am writing in support of David Hook's candidacy for re-election as Adams County Engineer. I know the quality of Dave's work from first hand experience. While working as the county's Economic Development Director, I bought a project to Dave's approval. It was one phase of the improvements being done to Jaybird Road. Trucks carrying multimillion dollar jet engines are force to negotiate a dangerous curve to deliver them. The hairpin curve needed to be widened, if not eliminated.
But we are running into a snag. The widened turn we were going to build was tucked right up against a "wetland" which could not be disturbed. Furthermore, the construction schedule was exceedingly complex as the road could not be shut down, even temporarily. By thinking outside the box, Dave and his staff came up with an alternate route for the road which not only resulted a significantly better, safer design, but eliminated the conflict over the shutdown and actually saved money in the process. Even though the responsibility for the project did not come under his office, it didn't matter to him. Dave and his staff worked with me over several weeks in developing a new plan. His only concern was seeing the job done the right way.
I am sure his opponent in the coming election is a fine man. But I cannot imagine any reason to replace David Hook as County Engineer. He has done fine work for the county and deserves to continue in his job.