AKRON, Ohio — The city of Akron has begun a search for its next city engineer after announcing the retirement of James Hewitt on Monday. Hewitt has held the position since 2012 and has served the city of Akron for 31 years. 

“I want to thank Jim Hewitt for his thirty years of dedicated service to our City, including the last 7 as City Engineer,” Mayor Dan Horrigan said in a statement. “As we look to our City’s next chapter, I will be seeking to appoint a City Engineer who has the highest level of engineering expertise and an appreciation for the very real impact that construction has on neighborhoods, taxpayers, motorists, and workers. From the large scale improvements being made downtown, to the renewed investment in repaving in our neighborhood streets, to our efforts to correct our combined sewers – this position is key to my vision to achieve growth with equity, across the city.” 

Hewitt began his career with the city of Akron as an engineering technician in 1988. From there, he worked his way up to Engineering Projects Coordinator, Sewer Maintenance Superintendent, Water and Sewer Systems Manager, and Public Utilities Bureau Manager. He was promoted to City Engineer in April of 2012

Mark Moore has been appointed as interim City Engineer while Horrigan conducts the national search. Moore previously served as manager of the Engineering Bureau’s Construction Division. 

The city of Akron says Horrigan is seeking to fill the position within 90 days.