Dustin Zenger, Haddam, was named new director of the Republic County Highway Department Tuesday by Republic County Commissioners.
Zenger is a graduate of North Central High School, Morrowville, and received a bachelors degree in construction science and management with a minor in business from Kansas State University in 2009. He was employed by Ron Fowles Construction in Manhattan and Hamm Companies, Perry KS, before returning to the area four years ago as an engineering technician for the Kansas Department of Transportation, based in Belleville.
“I am excited to get back home, and it is amazing for me to have an opportunity like this here,” Zenger told commissioners Monday. “Definitely working for KDOT has been good experience for me, and (the staff) there has been good to me. It was a good experience, and I look forward to that here, too.”
Zenger will begin duties February 23. The highway administrator is responsible for a $3.4 million budget and 32 employees in the road and bridge department, as well as overseeing the Republic County Solid Waste department and the general transportation system (senior bus). Starting salary for the position is $45,000 per year. Commissioners interviewed four applicants for the job. Zenger replaces Scott Finkbiner, who resigned in January to accept a job with the gas company in Western Kansas.
Commissioners noted Monday one of Zenger’s first items of business will be to hire personnel to fill three open positions in the road and bridge department.