He’s installed as president of National Association of County Engineers

    Polk County Engineer Richard Sanders was installed as President of the National Association of County Engineers (NACE) at their recent annual meeting and technical conference. Sanders’ term will run through April of 2019.

    NACE is a nonprofit, nonpartisan professional association in its 62nd year, representing over 2,400 county road officials and related professionals in the U.S. and Canada. In the U.S., local roads account for about 75 percent of highways and roads, or 2.93 million miles. Counties manage 1.74 million miles of those roads. Counties also own 231,000 bridges and operate one-third of the nation’s transit systems.

    “It is an honor and privilege to serve the nation’s county road professionals this year,” said Sanders. “With infrastructure a national priority, I look forward to engaging with policymakers and stakeholders to ensure county transportation infrastructure receive the attention needed to provide our nation with a safe, reliable transportation network to compete in today’s global economy.”

    Sanders has served as Polk County engineer since 2002. He served as NACE North Central vice president in 2013-2015, and president for the Minnesota County Engineers Association in 2013.