Sussex County government welcomes Joe Wright as its new assistant county engineer, a position that will support the county in the planning and management of major capital projects that include the ongoing airport runway extension, building renovations, parking lot improvements and sewer system expansions.
Wright comes to Sussex County with more than three decades of public service; he retired in May from the Delaware Department of Transportation, where he dedicated nearly 33 years of his career in a variety of capacities, including project engineer, project manager, assistant director of various programs, Sussex County district engineer and statewide director of Maintenance & Operations.
Wright has already taken on a number of duties since joining the county June 10. In addition to overseeing four project engineers who manage ongoing projects, he will be responsible for assisting county engineer Michael Izzo and other staff with consultant selection, negotiation and management, as well as the review and update of standards and specifications for numerous future projects.
A graduate of the University of Delaware, Wright holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and is a registered professional engineer in Delaware. He resides in Lewes with his wife and two children.