James A. Wiechart, Mercer County Engineer


Mercer County Engineer Bio

Through the experience of having worked in 2 different County Engineer Offices for 29 years and being closely acquainted with all aspects of the activities, duties and responsibilities of that office Jim was more than qualified to be appointed to be the Mercer County Engineer in 2002. Jim was elected the Mercer County Engineer in 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016, and 2020.  He currently serves Mercer County in that capacity.

In 1993 Wiechart graduated from the University of Toledo’s College of Engineering with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Civil Engineering. The Monday immediately after the Saturday of graduation Wiechart began his professional career as Paulding County Bridge Engineer. Upon having received his Professional Engineer’s License in 1997, Wiechart was appointed to the position of Paulding County Chief Deputy Engineer. In 1999 Wiechart was appointed to the position of Mercer County Assistant Engineer.

Wiechart obtained licensure in Ohio as a Professional Surveyor in 2000. In all, he took 4-eight hour-long state board exams to achieve his goals of registration in Ohio as an Engineer and a Surveyor. On one of those 4 examinations he achieved the highest score in the state of Ohio.

Wiechart’s areas of work expertise involve: bridge, culvert, roadway and drainage design and drafting, bridge inspection, supervision of the survey and design technical staff, right-of-way acquisition and working intimately with a detailed knowledge and a long track record of utilizing local, state and federal grant programs for local roadway and bridge improvements. Wiechart is not a novice to large projects having designed and drafted plans and managed projects for numerous multi-million-dollar infrastructure grant and non-grant improvements related to local roadways.

From the time Wiechart arrived in 1999, within the following 23 years, 204 bridge replacements and 25 bridge rehabilitation projects have been completed.  Also within that same time period over $42 million in competitive federal and state grant funds have been garnered for Mercer County local road ways.

The Mercer County Engineer crews have been able to continue to complete projects with less resources and manpower as county engineer personnel levels decreased.  In 2000, there were 31 full-time employees, while in 2022 there are 26 full-time employees.

“As quickly as our budget allows we are doing all we can to improve the safety and usability of our roadways by: widening pavements & shoulders, eliminating steep drop-offs, setting ditches back away from the pavement, and removing fixed, unyielding hazards near and adjacent to the edge of pavement.

Wiechart is a member of numerous trade, local and civic organizations:   The National Association of County Engineers, Past President of the County Engineers Association and currently serves as Treasurer, and serves on the District 13 Ohio Public Works Committee Executive and Integrating Committees, and is Chairperson of those committees.

Jim lives in Union Township with his wife Kit and their family.