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News Release
County council appoints Ken Lader as county engineer - 10/05/22

Vancouver, Wash. – The Clark County Council this week approved a resolution appointing Ken Lader as the county engineer. Lader had been serving as interim county engineer for the last couple of months. His appointment takes effect immediately.

Lader has worked for Clark County Public Works more than 20 years and served the last eight years as manager of the Engineering and Design section. Previously, he held positions as engineer and engineering technician. 

Lader is a licensed civil engineer in the state of Washington. He earned a bachelor’s in civil engineering from Oregon State University. 

“Ken’s passion for the employees of Public Works and the design of the roads in our beautiful county has been present throughout his distinguished career,” said Deputy County Manager Amber Emery. “His leadership for the office of the county engineer has been steadfast through a time of change, and I am pleased that Ken has stepped into this role permanently.”  

“I’m excited to take on the role as county engineer,” said Lader. “The last few months have shown me how passionate and invested Public Works employees are to ensure the safety of our roads and bridges. I’m honored to work with such dedicated public servants.”

State law requires counties to designate a county engineer who is a registered and professional civil engineer in the state of Washington. Functions typically performed by the county engineer include construction oversight, modifying, planning, and maintaining all county roads and bridges, and other engineering related tasks as necessary.

More information on Public Works is available on the county’s website at

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