FORT WAYNE — Jen Sharkey, 2007 BSCE, who serves as Steuben County Highway Engineer,
was named the 2016 Outstanding County Highway Engineer by the Association of Indiana
Counties on Wednesday, Sept. 28.
The statewide award recognized her contributions made to county government.
Sharkey began with the Steuben County Highway Department in 2013. Steuben County was
without a highway engineer for some time when Sharkey was appointed to lead the department
and has led the county on a path of unprecedented growth in terms of upgrades and
reconstruction of roads.
“I am very honored to have been recognized and am thankful to serve such a supportive
and engaged community,” Sharkey said.
She has contributed to multiple projects including the continuation of the bike trail
from the Angola city limits to Hoosier Hill. She has managed many other projects,
some of which led to statewide recognition in 2015 from the AIC.
“We are fortunate to know that we have a most excellent engineer,” said Ron Smith,
president of the Steuben County Board of Commissioners. “Since she has been with us
in Steuben County government, we believe we could not have gotten a better person
for that job.”
Smith said Sharkey works well with state officials, does all that is asked of her
and more and works hard on securing grants. She solves problems instead of working
around them and keeps projects on the drawing board and is ready to strike when an
opportunity comes from state or federal funding.
“Jen is a wonderful asset for Steuben County. We are fortunate to have such a forward-thinking
and dedicated person working for the county,” said Rick Shipe, president of the Steuben
The AIC’s Annual Conference is the largest gathering of county officials in the state.
Representatives from public agencies, private entities and local elected officials
addressed issues such as: the future of road funding, how new federal labor rules
and regulations affect counties, government ethics, trends on open data and government
transparency, and Medicaid expansion, among many other issues impacting county government.
In addition to her duties as highway engineer, Sharkey leads the Indiana section of
the American Society of Civil Engineers. She also is head coach of the Angola High
School soccer team. She played college soccer for Tri-State University, now Trine
Story and photo provided by The Herald Republican