Engineer's Office Duties and Responsibilities:

The duties of the County Engineer is to plan and construct the road and bridges work which is necessary to maintain and improve the secondary road system in the County, and report the same to the Board of Supervisors. He provides supervision over the road work in the County. The County Engineer is appointed by the Board of Supervisors and works under their direction.

County Secondary Roads Department manages 174 miles of paved roadways and 768 miles of granular surfaced roadways. Secondary Roads also oversees 126 bridges. The department has 33 employees with 27 employed in the maintenance department.

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Contact Information

Palo Alto County Engineer
2105 Main St. Suite 103
P.O. Box 389
Emmetsburg, IA 50536Phone: 712-852-3001
Fax: 712-852-3601


Office Hours:
7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Walter Davis-Oeth, P.E.
Palo Alto County Engineer

Chris Towell, PLS
Assistant to Engineer

Justin Williams
Engineering Technician

Dan Berven
Engineering Technician

Melissa Hall
Office Manager

Seth Christensen
Admin Assistant