IRWA names Washington County Land Use & Transportation Employer of the Year

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, August 06, 2019

Sponsored by: Department of Land Use and Transportation
IRWB Employer of the Year Award
Washington County Department of Land Use & Transportation was named the The International Right of Way Association (IRWA) 2018-19 Employer of the Year. The award was recognized at the Aug. 6 Washington County Board of Commissioners meeting.


The Capital Services Division/Right-of-Way Section of Washington County Department of Land Use & Transportation (LUT) has been named the 2018-19 Employer of the Year by the International Right of Way Association (IRWA) Chapter 3.

Jim Lingeman, IRWA Region 7 Chair, presented the award to Tara Heesacker, LUT Right-of-Way Supervisor, during the Aug. 6 Washington County Board of Commissioners Meeting.

“I continue to appreciate the support that Washington County gives to our LUT right-of-way professionals who do exceptional work to provide our constituents with outstanding service every day,” Heesacker said.

The IRWA presents the Employer of the Year award to an organization that supports its employees’ involvement in chapter activities, providing opportunities to network and learn. The Capital Project Services Division/Right-of-Way Section demonstrates dedication to quality performance, team focus, strong employee support, commitment and participation at the chapter, regional and international IRWA levels.

Lingeman said Heesacker’s participation in Chapter 3 activities played a key role in the chapter’s award recognition.

“Tara obviously has a huge amount of employer support,” Lingeman said. “This makes Washington County (LUT) really stand out. Washington County embodies the mission of our organization: We improve people’s quality of life through infrastructure development.”

Washington County is committed to planning, building and maintaining a great transportation system, ensuring the safety of all roadway users, and operating the County roadway system in cost-effective and environmentally responsible manner.

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