After a three-month search, the city of Pickerington has chosen a replacement for outgoing City Engineer Greg Bachman.
Scott Tourville, a civil engineer with the city of Westerville, was hired by Pickerington City Council at a special meeting April 22 by a 7-0 vote.
City Council President Gavin Blair said Tourville will be a good fit for a city on the move.
"We appreciated that he had a private/public sector background," Blair said.
"(Tourville) is someone who understands how to operate with the speed of business and still represent the city of Pickerington," Blair said.
Expeditiously addressing the concerns of residents is a trait Tourville exhibited in his tenure with Westerville, Blair said.
"We also wanted someone who was customer service friendly," he said.
"One of (Scott's) main roles was helping citizens of Westerville on various projects."
A graduate of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Indiana, Tourville is a central Ohio native, having grown up in Westerville. He said he looks forward to the new challenge.
"It's an opportunity to have a leadership role in a growing community," Tourville said.
"Helping Pickerington continue to grow and prosper was quite attractive," he said.
As Pickerington prepares to undergo the $6.8 million state Route 256 Safety Project in 2015, Tourville said he thinks his past experience in overseeing a similar project in Westerville -- the state Route 3 Safety Project, will help "make (the state Route 256 project) run as smooth as possible."
"(Westerville) just recently completed a $6 million project at State Route 3 and I-270," said Tourville, adding the project included a lane addition, traffic signal upgrades, streetlight upgrades and landscaping at the state Route 3 and Interstate 270 interchange.
Tourville will be paid $85,000 per year. Pickerington City Council also voted 7-0 to increase his starting wage to $87,500 after six months and another $2,500 to $90,000 after a favorable 12-month review. That salary would be maintained throughout 2014.
Blair said Tourville will start his position May 15 after current City Engineer Greg Bachman leaves his position May 12. He said Bachman has pledged to be available to assist Tourville on various city projects.
"Greg's last day is that Friday before Scott starts. (Greg) committed to help Scott in any way, either through phone or e-mail," said Blair.
City officials had previously hoped there would be some time overlap between Bachman leaving and the new engineer starting the position.
"It's a liability with Greg starting his new job," Blair said.
"We can't keep Greg employed by the city and employed by the private sector at the same time," he said.
He said Bachman will be working on projects for an erosion engineering company.
Tourville stated he expects to receive a master's degree in public
Administration from Central Michigan University later this month.