Danville hires new city engineer
Aug. 15-- Aug. 15--DANVILLE -- A familiar face at the city's public works building has returned to the city to become city engineer.
Sam Cole, an engineer previously with the city who had worked under former City Engineer David Schnelle, was hired and started in the position on Wednesday.
Cole left the city in 2012 after five years and started C2 Engineers with another former engineer with the city, Tim Cowan.
Donohue Associates, Inc. of Champaign in January acquired C2 Engineers, LLC of Danville. Cole most recently worked as an area manager with that merged firm.
Cole is a graduate of Danville Area Community College and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is a registered professional engineer in Illinois and Indiana. In his 13 years of experience, he has worked as a municipal engineer and an engineering consultant for private businesses, developers, utility companies and municipalities ranging in population from 200 to 80,000.
He previously worked for the city as Engineer III from 2005 to 2012.
According to Cole, he has a passion for creating a pathway for communities to sustainable funding and reinvestment in infrastructure to support the needs of future generations, enable business growth and enhance the quality of life of residents.
He is a lifelong resident of Vermilion County and the Danville area.
"I'm excited to have the opportunity to guide reinvestment in Danville's infrastructure and serve the residents and businesses. A lot of great things have taken place in recent years and I hope to continue that trend while finding creative ways to work with existing and new businesses. I want to make sure we have the infrastructure in place to support the jobs and neighborhoods of the future so the community can grow and thrive," Cole said through a statement.
Mayor Rickey Williams Jr. says "We were saddened when Sam left years ago and are thrilled that he has returned. He has the skill-set, integrity and leadership we need to move our city infrastructure fully into the 21st Century.
"He also has a strong relationship with existing staff and other engineering firms we work with on various projects, so we expect great things with him in this role," Williams said.
Cole's salary is $115,000. Schnelle's most recent salary had been $117,668.
Schnelle resigned as city engineer in May after having worked for the city for 14 years. Assistant City Engineer is Eric Childers.
Recent projects have included the Jackson Street shared-use path project, Denmark Road and northwest pump station which was postponed, Koehn Creek flood mitigation and annual sewer lining and roadway maintenance.