Knox County Engineer

Duties and Responsibilities of County Engineers

The Knox County Engineer has jurisdiction as the elected official overseeing the County Engineer’s Office, the County Highway Department, and the Tax Map Department.
The County Engineer is responsible for the repair and maintenance of 400 miles of county roads and 325 bridges on both county and township roads. The County Engineer also acts as an advisor to the townships with regard to township roads, and as an ex-officio member of Knox County Regional Planning Commission as advisory to the organization.

Knox County Engineer
Cameron Keaton, P.E., P.S. (Bio)

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Cameron Keaton was sworn into office as Knox County Engineer May 13, 2016. He was appointed to fulfill the remaining term of Jim Henry who resigned May 5, 2016. Continue to full bio.

The Engineer’s Office handles administrative duties such as accounts payable and receivable, purchasing and invoicing, payroll, project and contract administration, permit applications, road right-of-way, mileage certification, and coordination with all other county departments and governmental agencies, (city, villages, township, and state).

Highway Department duties include warm weather activities of ditching and berming, roadside mowing, tree trimming, asphalt patching and resurfacing, bridge and culvert repair and replacement. In winter, the primary function is snow removal and emergency pothole repairs. Funding for the Highway Department is exclusively from motor vehicle registrations and from gasoline tax, not real estate taxes as many people mistakenly assume.

The Tax Map Department is responsible for approving all deed transfers within the county.They also maintain all of the county property maps both in traditional hard copy format and in digital GIS format, which is made available on the internet.In addition, they assist the public with a variety of property issues and create customized maps.

The activities of the Knox County Engineer’s Office, The Knox County Highway Department and the Tax Map Department are detailed in a published annual report available at the Engineer’s Office.

Knox County Engineer

Highway Department

Office Staff

Deputy Engineer

Clint Cochran, P.E.

Fiscal Officer

Tonya Durbin

Payroll Clerk

Kelly Shira

Highway Superintendent

Tim Tyson

Assistant Superintendent

Curtis Osbrone

Assistant Superintendent

Mike Simon

Deputy Engineer
Clint Cochran, P.E.

Highway Superintendent
Tim Tyson

Fiscal Officer
Tonya Durbin

Assistant Superintendent
Curtis Osborne

Payroll Clerk
Kelly Shira

Assistant Superintendent
Mike Simon

Emergency Calls

Please note that when you call the Knox County Engineer’s Office or Highway Department after our normal hours of operation you will get an automated phone recording. If it is a non-emergency, you may leave a message that will be returned the next business day. If it is an emergency, we recommend you call the Knox County Sheriff’s Office at 740-397-3333 and a dispatcher will contact the appropriate personnel.