Tuesday, September 26, 2023

New Hanover County hires new county engineer

Tim Low was hired as county engineer to begin on June 13. (Courtesy NHC)

NEW HANOVER COUNTY — Starting June 13, the county’s chief project engineer for stormwater services will move to the county engineer position.

Tim Lowe, having worked for the county since 2017, has been chosen to take over the position following the retirement of long-time county engineer Jim Iannucci.

A Carteret County native, Lowe first began working in the are senior project engineer with the Wilmington Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization. He has also worked as an engineer in the private sector for two years. He is a graduate of Purdue University with a degree in civil engineering and has almost two decades of experience working in the field.

“I’m excited to continue my career with New Hanover County and thankful for the confidence in me to lead our talented Engineering team,” Lowe said in a press release. “Our work has become even more important and impactful over the years, helping to address flooding hazards, ensuring education around best practices and permit requirements, and much more. I’m looking forward to continuing those efforts and remaining innovative and strategic in our work on behalf of the community.”

During his time with New Hanover County, Lowe spearheaded efforts to manage grant funding that was used to clear hurricane debris from approximately 60 miles of creeks throughout the county. Since 2020, he has overseen the creation and day-to-day operations of the stormwater services team staff and equipment, assisted in budget decisions regarding projects and helped set the strategy for the program, ensuring a data-focused approach for the greatest impact in the community. In the nearly three years since the program was created, the stormwater services team has completed maintenance on approximately 120 miles of ditches and creeks in the unincorporated portions of the county, replaced more than one mile of pipes, and constructed or are in the process of constructing 12 capital projects.

“Over the last several years, Tim has been a valuable asset for our Stormwater Services team and has helped build this new program to address drainage issues and reduce flood risks in the unincorporated areas of the county,” county manager Chris Coudriet wrote in a press release. “He has worked alongside Jim, who has had a phenomenal career with New Hanover County for nearly 18 years. We’re grateful for how Jim has helped shape New Hanover County engineering, erosion control, stormwater, and shore protection for nearly two decades, and we’re excited to see how the department grows and continues to expand its good work under Tim’s leadership.”

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