Allen County Highway Director Bill Hartman honored

Allen County Highway Department Director Bill Hartman inspects the $40 million Maplecrest Road extension project from the banks of the Maumee River in 2010. ( photo by Kevin Leininger)

Bill Hartman, executive director of the Allen County Highway Department, has been named “2018 Outstanding County Highway Supervisor of the Year” by the Indiana Association of County Commissioners (IACC) in recognition of his contributions made to county government throughout his years of public service.

Hartman’s career with the department began in 1974, when he was hired as summer help. He took a full-time position as draftsman in 1975, and after working his way up through various positions he was appointed director in 2006. He oversees the largest land mass county in the state, and also one of the counties with the most bridges and more than 1,300 miles of county roads.

Under his tenure, there have been some major improvements to the transportation infrastructure, including the $11.9 million Aboite Center Road improvement; $40 million Maplecrest Road extension; the three-mile, $10.6 million Flutter Road improvement; $12 million Gump Road corridor improvement and the $45 million Bass Road corridor improvement and $13 million Ryan/Bruick Road corridor improvement, both currently underway.

Hartman oversees 78 employees with a $25 million annual base budget and two maintenance facilities with 53 major pieces of Equipment.