Rocky Fork Enterprise

New city engineer

Priestas will shadow, then replace retiring Wetherholt


Gahanna has hired a new city engineer who will shadow the city's veteran engineer, Karl Wetherholt, until Wetherholt retires in a month.

Rob Priestas, who has worked as assistant city engineer in Marysville since 2010, began working in Gahanna on Friday, Aug. 29. He will receive an annual salary of $75,589 plus benefits valued at $39,016, for a total annual value of $114,605.

"I am very excited to join the city of Gahanna team as the new city engineer," Priestas said. "Gahanna is a great community, and I look forward to being a part of it by working hard to provide quality service to the city and its residents."

In Marysville, he was responsible for providing the engineering expertise, professional review, production planning, management and correspondence to maintain and improve city infrastructure and facilities.

Priestas served as project manager for more than 100,000 square feet of new building design and construction for Marysville, including a new police and court facility, fire station and city hall.

He also designed a new water-treatment plant in Marysville. In addition, he was responsible for a speed-zone study to reduce the speed limit on U.S. Route 33 to 65 mph within the Marysville corporation limits.

Priestas, a Gahanna resident, worked for the Floyd Browne Group for six years as a project engineer before joining Marysville's staff.

"We are excited to have someone of Rob's caliber join our staff," said Dottie Franey, city service director. "His experience and technical skills at Marysville as the assistant city engineer will serve as a great foundation for Gahanna's continued growth and development."

Franey said Wetherholt has has been instrumental in the development and advancement of Gahanna for the past 25 years.

"I am honored to have worked with someone so dedicated in their service to staff and residents," she said. "The projects that Karl has implemented will be a lasting legacy for our community."