ASHLAND Ryan Eastwood will work his last day as Ashland’s city engineer on July 19.
Eastwood said he has accepted a job at the United States Army Corps of Engineers in Huntington, W.Va. where he will work in the design branch. Eastwood has been with the city for 10 years.
“It's just time to move on. It's a great new challenge,” he said. “I'm just excited to just move to a new chapter, get involved in some large projects.”
As city engineer Eastwood said he has supervised 85 employees, governing water distribution, sewer collection and meter services and engineering staff. Some of the accomplishments he is most proud of throughout his time include the $11 million riverfront project and the $5 million police station project.
Eastwood said he has also taken part in millions of dollars of sewage projects and about $15 million worth of pump station upgrades and infrastructure improvements, along with improvements to the water plant.
“We've also replaced over 2 miles of water lines,” he said.
He noted that most of the Army Corps design projects currently revolve around disaster mitigation like flood protection, flood walls and dams and hydroelectric power.
City Manager Mike Grease said Ashland is preparing to do instrumentation upgrades on the water treatment plant, a water filtration under-drain replacement and a service line replacement on US 23.
He said the city will soon advertise for an interim city engineer along with the permanent full-time position.
“It's just an extremely crucial position to the city, especially at this time in our history and filling that position with a competent person is a really high priority for us,” he said.
Grease said Eastwood is a dedicated and knowledgable person, noting he always knew the answer to any question thrown at him about the city.
“He's just got an amazing mind and an amazing memory and he's going to be sorely missed,” he said.
Even though Eastwood is changing positions he said he will continue to live in Ashland, pointing out he still has a heart for the city.
“I love this city, I love the people in this city. I have met a lot of amazing people,” he said.
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