Forty-eight people have already applied for a vacant engineer's position in Union County.

Forty-eight people have already applied for a vacant engineer's position in Union County.

County Engineer Jeff Stauch said the deadline for applications is Sept. 30.

"I expect to see a rush this last week," Stauch told the commissioners during a meeting on Sept. 21.

At the time of the meeting, he said, there were more than 30 applicants.

By the afternoon of Sept. 23, administrative staff member Linda Reigle said the number was at 48.

"We received one from England and another from the Philippines," said Reigle.

The engineer's position opened when Joanna Pinkerton, who worked for the county for five years with focus on the Raymond and Peoria sanitary sewer project, left on Aug. 21 to take a job with the Ohio Department of Transportation.

Shortly afterward the position was posted in newspapers and online.

Word of mouth prompted interest initially, according to Stauch.

"Now the hard work begins," said Commissioner Tom McCarthy as he referred to the interview process.

Stauch said initially that he would like to start interviewing people for the position in early October.

When Emily Wieringa was hired about a year ago, Stauch said, they also receiv-ed applications for the position from overseas.

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