Hamilton County Engineer Ted Hubbard is retiring on Feb. 29 after working for 38 years at the county engineer's office.
Hubbard was appointed acting county engineer in January 2012, and was elected to the office in November 2012 and re-elected in 2016.
He started as a design engineer, then moved to permitting and construction before becoming a deputy engineer. He served as chief deputy engineer for 20 years.
He talked about one of his guiding principles during Thursday's Hamilton County Commission meeting.
"We look at the public as being the employer," Hubbard said. "That's the common ground. And in a democracy, you have to look at it that way. I firmly believe it. We work for the public."
Hubbard said he was able to get many projects accomplished by building coalitions and partnerships.
He won praise from for his work from all three county commissioners and the county administration.
"You have been a delight to work with, just so rock solid," said Commission President Denise Driehaus. "When there were questions from this commission, no matter what the project was, you had the detail, you know these. You've been doing this for 38 years. You know all of this like the back of your hand."
The commission approved a resolution naming Eric Beck as the acting county engineer effective Mar. 1.
Beck is a candidate for the position in the Republican primary on Mar. 17, and is running unopposed. No Democrat candidate filed for the position.
Beck, like Hubbard, has been in the engineer's office for several years. He started in Jan. 1990 and is currently a deputy engineer.