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Whitlow Retiring after 17 Years as Marion's City Engineer

Post Date:12/22/2017 2:04 PM

Dan WhitlowOn Friday, Dec. 29, with 17 years as Marion’s City Engineer and a 39-year career in public service, Dan Whitlow will retire from the City of Marion. The City is hosting a retirement reception and open house in his honor on Friday, Dec. 29 from 3-4:30 p.m. on the first floor at Marion City Hall, 1225 6th Avenue.

Whitlow joined the City of Marion in January 2001. He had previously spent 16 years with the City of Muscatine, Iowa and 7 years as the public works director for the City of Washington, Iowa.  

As the director of the Engineering Department, Whitlow was charged with implementation of the Capital Improvement Program; particularly the construction and reconstruction of streets, bridges, traffic signals, new subdivision development, sewers and sidewalks. With a focus on improved safety and efficiency, the department employed use of roundabouts, traffic signal video detection, new materials and construction techniques. It also enforced ADA and storm water requirements.

Over the course of his career, Whitlow said technology has impacted the engineering field the most.

“I started in 1978 as an engineering technician/draftsman using T-squares, Mylar paper and Leroy ink pens to draw project construction plans after weeks of calculations using basic calculators and slide rules,” noted Whitlow. Today, those tools have been replaced by computers and design software.

“I am very proud of the Engineering Department and its accomplishments. There is a special camaraderie created when working towards a common goal, particularly when it concerns public safety,” said Whitlow. “I am also deeply appreciative to my family for their support during the long hours and for accepting the amount of passion I have committed to my career.”

Whitlow’s future plans include more time for travel, biking, volunteering and of course his grandkids.

The City’s two assistant city engineers will provide for the continuation of services. Mike Barkalow will serve as interim city engineer until a replacement is named. 

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