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MWCD Names New Chief of Engineering

January 8, 2024

The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) announced the appointment of David Lautenschleger to be the new Chief of Engineering and provide supervision of all dams and reservoirs necessary for flood mitigation within the MWCD and its subdistricts. He will also oversee ongoing and continued construction projects and oversee utility operations.

Dave began working with MWCD in 2009 and has served as Deputy Chief of Surveying/GIS since 2017.  Lautenschleger is a professionally licensed surveyor in the State of Ohio and certified GIS professional. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in both Surveying & Mapping and in Geography & Cartography from The University of Akron and a master’s degree in Geographic Information Systems from Penn State University. His career has also included time serving as a professor at the University of Akron and as a GIS Manager at Accurate Technologies/R.E. Warner, Inc.

“Dave has provided strong leadership in the Engineering department for many years, and I am confident he will continue to do so as we move forward with many new and exciting initiatives in this new role,” said Craig Butler, MWCD Executive Director.

“I am very excited to continue the great work this team has accomplished,” said Lautenschleger. “I look forward to continuing the strong relationships that have been developed with partnering agencies and overseeing the development of construction projects throughout the district. It is an exciting time for the MWCD, and I am honored to be a part of the legacy that will continue to serve the region for many years to come.”

In this key role, Lautenschleger will oversee the more than $200 million capital improvement projects which span across the district. He will also manage watershed action plans, and project priorities to reduce flood damage, enhance flood mitigation, and improve water conservation and quality in the Muskingum River Watershed.

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