Public Works

Roger Calkins, Director of Public Works

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"Working for Finney County gives me the opportunity to be involved in its growth, and that's exciting. We as employees are fortunate to have an administration and Commission that are looking forward."
Roger is originally from Colorado. He made his way East, worked for the Kansas Department of Transportation for nearly 25 years, and became a Finney County resident in 2010.

In 2015, Roger started working for Finney County as the director of the Road and Bridge division, and shortly thereafter he added Director of Public Works to his title.

While Roger may be slightly more hands on with Road & Bridge, as he directly supervises all 35 staff in that division, he oversees the remaining divisions of Public Works as well, including Noxious Weed, and he works closely with the County Engineer on just about everything in the department.

"My goal is to ensure that the departments I lead continue to look forward. I don't want us to get stuck in a rut, but rather, that we would always stay on the cutting edge, whatever that happens to be."

Roger enjoys the outdoors, even in his spare time. He likes to go hunting, fishing, and camping and he volunteers as a football official. 

John Ellermann, County Engineer

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"My goal is to make sure citizens are safe as they travel through Finney County, and that they have working utilities and services."
John is originally from Missouri and moved to Finney County in 1992. Four years later, he began his career with Finney County as the Assistant County Engineer.

In 2004, John became the County Engineer, and worked simultaneously as the Director of Public Works until 2015.

John manages three of the Public Works divisions - Utilities, Traffic Control/Signing, and Engineering. He supervises five county employees, writes and approves plans for projects, oversees project bids and inspections, and he also conducts inspections in the field.

"My favorite part about working for Finney County is the flexibility to be involved in all aspects of a project, from beginning to end. I can be where I'm needed."

During his career with the County, John's biggest accomplishments include the rehabilitation of the Pierceville Bridge, the replacement of the Holcomb Bridge, reconstruction of Main Street in Holcomb, and the reconstruction of the Public Works building. While John feels proud to have been involved in seeing these projects through to completion, he looks forward to being a part of future growth in Finney County as well. 

While John is a licensed engineer in the State of Kansas, he earned his Associate's Degree in Mathematics from St. Louis Community College and his Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla.

John enjoys spending quality family time with his wife and their two daughters, especially outside when the weather is nice!