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Porter County Highway Superintendent Al Hoagland retiring after 34 years

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By JEFF SCHULTZ

Best wishes were offered by the Porter County Board of Commissioners Tuesday to County Highway Superintendent Al Hoagland as he announced his retirement.

Hoagland said he has 34 and a half years under his belt with the Highway Department, 11 of them as Superintendent. He began as a truck driver and succeeded the late Jack Jarnecke as Superintendent in 2003.

Hoagland’s retirement will be effective Aug. 14 this year and he will remain on the job until then, seeing that construction season gets underway. The Commissioners will announce a new superintendent at a later date.

Commissioner President John Evans, R-North, commended Hoagland for his commitment and extra effort, especially when dealing with changes handed down from the state. That’s where the Highway Department gets most of its funding.

“I do want to thank you for all that you do,” Evans told Hoagland.

Hoagland said he felt it was a wise time for him to retire now as the state has adjusted pension plans for highway workers.

Evans said Hoagland is one of the few county superintendents in the state that other county’s call on for advice, given his knowledge and experience. He has achieved the status as a master road builder, Evans said.

Commissioner Nancy Adams, R-Center, reminded her peers that Hoagland earned the “Highway Superintendent of the Year” award from the Association of Indiana Counties in 2012.

Hoagland humbly attributed his success to his team of workers and to the Commissioners for their continued support.

“I’ve been extremely lucky to work with the caliber of people we’ve got,” Hoagland said.

 

Posted 5/21/2014