Carroll County Engineer Dave Paulson earned one of the top honors in his profession — The Outstanding County Engineering Achievement Award.
Carroll County Engineer Dave Paulson earned one of the top honors in his profession — The Outstanding County Engineering Achievement Award.
December 30, 2013



Carroll County employs Dave Paulson. He's a public servant.

But he's in a family business as much as anything. Paulson's dad served three Iowa counties as an engineer.

The county engineer for the past 28 years, Paulson, 64, earlier this month earned one of the more prestigious honors his peers award annually: the Outstanding County Engineering Achievement Award.

The Iowa County Engineers Association presented Paulson with the award on Dec. 11 during a conference in Ames.

"I was very surprised," Paulson said. "I didn't expect this."

Paulson's late father, Charles Paulson, served as president of the Iowa engineers in 1973 and 1974. Charles Paulson, a World War II veteran, was the county engineer in Cedar, Hancock and Des Moines counties. He also worked as a government engineer in Illinois.

Some of the older members of the Iowa association recalled Charles Paulson's commitment to the profession as his son accepted the award.

"Your dad would have been proud of you," one county engineer told Paulson. Charles Paulson passed away in 2004.

The award is presented for outstanding technical and professional achievements.

Both Paulsons are graduates of Iowa State University in Ames, where Dave Paulson was born.

Dave Paulson served as an assistant county engineer in Carroll from 1971 to 1977. He was the county engineer in Independence for Buchanan County and worked briefly in the private sector.

He has been county engineer in Carroll since 1985.

"Dave's an immense talent and the envy of a lot of other counties," Carroll County Supervisors Chairman Mark Beardmore said. "He's really done a great job for us through the years, and it's nice to see him get recognized."