Good organization and good management are necessary for a county road department to be responsive to the overall needs of the county. They allow planning for needs to avoid a haphazard reaction to problems as they arise.
In those counties where the County Engineer also functions as the Director of Public Works, he or she may find themselves dealing with such things as operation of water and sewer systems, solid waste collection and/or disposal, airports and more. In that role, he or she must make certain delegations of authority and responsibility for the proper operation of their department. How much, of course, depends upon the size of the department and its program. In all cases, each level must clearly understand the authority and policy limits within which it is to exercise its delegated responsibilities. WAC 136-50-051 requires the County Engineer to have a policy regarding organization of the road department. It is the duty of the County Engineer to organize the road department in accordance with the policies of the county legislative authority, into such departments, divisions, districts, or units as may be necessary to meet statutory requirements and to perform such additional services as may be directed by policy of the legislative authority.
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