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An intro to County Engineer Ronald Gregg

Fri, Jan 18th, 2013
Posted in All Government

Ronald Gregg

The Fillmore County Board, after several months of advertising and interviewing possible candidates, hired the new county engineer, Ronald Gregg. He came on in mid October and worked with the then-retiring John Grindeland for a month before he took the reins as acting county engineer on November 19, 2012. Starting on December 31, he has been appointed to a four-year term as Fillmore County Highway Engineer.

Gregg earned his engineering degree at South Dakota State, Brookings, S.D. Referring to himself as a city boy that has moved to the country, he was raised in Burnsville, Minnesota. He worked first as Lincoln County’s engineer for about twelve years, and then as Cottonwood County’s engineer for eight years. Gregg remarked he has gone from flat land or prairie to bluff country. He recognizes the biggest challenge that comes with this county’s topography is the large number of bridges. There are 475 here compared with 220 In Cottonwood County.

Gregg and Leann, his wife of sixteen years, are house hunting in Spring Valley to find the right home so they can “plant themselves here.” He hopes to finish out his career in Fillmore County. They have two sons, Andrew (15) and Matthew (13). The boys are active in Boys Scouts. Andrew is working on his Eagle project.

Gregg’s life has been a bit complicated since he started in October, as his family still lives in Windom where the boys are in school. They hope to finish the school year there before moving to the area. Gregg has an apartment in Preston and commutes back to Windom and his family each weekend.

He is considering taking up trout fishing. Gregg and his family love the outdoors, love to camp.

His office is temporarily located on the lower level of the Fillmore County Office Building during the remodel of the Highway Administration Building. He had a little experience with the design process of a building while working in Lincoln County. The county hopes to have the remodel complete in March.

Gregg says he is thrilled to be working for Fillmore County, adding the staff and county commissioners have been great and very helpful. It has been a good experience so far and he envisions bigger and better things to come.

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