Johll named Webster County engineer

Randy Will’s longtime assistant pays homage to his retiring boss

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Jamie Johll, assistant Webster County engineer, was approved as the next Webster County engineer effective June 1. He succeeds Randy Will, who is retiring.

Webster County officials didn’t have to look far to find the next county engineer.

Assistant County Engineer Jamie Johll was approved as the next county engineer at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting.

The supervisors unanimously agreed to a one-year contract for Johll, who starts his new duties June 1.

He will take over for Randy Will, who is retiring after 17 years as county engineer.

Johll, who has been assistant county engineer for 19 years, said he’s looking forward to continuing the work that Will has done.

“We have great roads, great maintenance employees,” Johll said. “Everything is going pretty well here in Webster County, and I just plan on keeping the tradition going.”

He praised Will for all of his work as county engineer. Johll has worked under Will for all but two years of his tenure in the county engineer’s office.

“He’s been a great mentor,” Johll said. “He was one of the engineers in Iowa that other county engineers called for advice, so I’ve been pretty lucky to work under him for 17 years. Hopefully I can try and fill his shoes.”

He added that Will has a tremendous amount of respect within the Iowa county engineer community.

“He’s just a very knowledgeable and well-respected engineer,” Johll said. “He’s been working in county government since before I was born.”

Johll is looking forward to working more with the county engineering team.

“I have learned a lot from (Will) and we’ve got a couple great road foremen that really are very knowledgeable also and help out a lot,” he said. “It really will make my job a lot easier. Great staff is critical and we do have a great staff here.”

He wants to continue to help improve the county.

“I’m just looking forward to serving the citizens of Webster County and continuing to provide the best roads and bridges possible.”