Snohomish County engineer honored with top state award

Snohomish County Engineer Owen Carter has been named County Engineer of the Year by the Washington State Association of County Engineers (WSACE).

Carter was honored Wednesday night at the organization’s annual conference and banquet.

Carter, who also serves as deputy director of Snohomish County’s Public Works Department, oversees Road Maintenance, Transportation and Environmental Services and Engineering Services. All three of these divisions also provide regional services to at least 15 other cities and agencies within Snohomish County.

The award is given to an outstanding engineer each year and takes into consideration management skills, public relations, engineering expertise, community activities, association activity and other outreach.

“As county engineer, Owen Carter’s job is to improve people’s quality of life and increase their public safety,” said County Executive John Lovick. “Without a doubt, he does that here at Snohomish County and within the community. I’m really pleased to see him honored.”

“Owen has my greatest respect for his ever-present professionalism,” said County Councilman John Koster, who nominated Carter through his affiliation with the Washington State Association of Counties. “Constituents tell me time and again how responsive he is when they call with a question or need.”

Carter is responsible for Snohomish County’s snow, ice and flood preparation and response as well as for his involvement in initiatives to construct several county projects that serve neighborhoods, schools and public transit.

He also has offered his time and expertise in the Dominican Republic, providing project management and engineering advice to improve sanitation in local village.

“I don’t think you can say enough about the work that Owen does here at the county,” said Steve Thomsen, the county’s Public Works director. “I think he is well-deserving of this award.”

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