The City of Solon has promoted from within, naming project engineer Jacob Lyndon to the position of assistant city engineer. He will replace Keri J. Welch.
Ms. Welch left for a job with the Ohio Department of Transportation earlier this year.
Mr. Lyndon, a resident of Solon, began in the city in 2014. In his new role, which he assumed April 1, he will be paid $78,000 annually.
A native of Chicago, Mr. Lyndon, 38, said his new role as assistant engineer will encompass much of what he did as project engineer, in terms of in-house project design and fielding resident and contractor questions and concerns, but also involves project oversight and staffing management.
“There will be more involvement in project scoping and budgeting and the finance aspect behind engineering,” Mr. Lyndon explained. He also will be representing the engineering department at various city meetings, including that of the Planning Commission.
Mr. Lyndon came to his position in Solon after working as a consultant. He earned his degree in civil engineering from Cleveland State University and has mostly worked in the area of commercial and residential development. He had also done some work in the area of oil and gas and landfill design.
He enjoys the day-to-day problem solving involved in his work in Solon, and “nothing ever stays the same and nothing is a simple solution.”
Mr. Lyndon said the goal of the department is to make the best decision for the city and its residents.
“We are always trying to protect the residents and businesses and make sure the infrastructure is being kept up,” he said, adding that they also work to make sure things are done with fiscal responsibility in mind. “I enjoy the problem solving aspect of engineering,” Mr. Lyndon added.
He enjoys working with the city residents and his fellow staff members. As project engineer, he worked on such major projects as the Copley Avenue reconstruction, for which he did the internal design, as well as the review and oversight of the Derby Downs reconstruction project. Mr. Lyndon also did the reviews for the Chick-fil-A restaurant as well as Omni senior living development, both under construction.
Mr. Lyndon and his wife Cheryl have three children.