Director of Public Works retiring from Washington County to take another job
Joseph Kroboth III will take post with Louden County in Virginia
Joe Kroboth, Washington County's director of public works, is retiring to take a new position with Loudoun County in Virginia. (By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer / February 25, 2013)
Kroboth said he was looking for a new challenge at this time in his career.
“I’m the type of person who enjoys high energy, being very busy, being involved in a lot of projects,” Kroboth said.
Loudoun County, one of the richest and fastest-growing in the nation, should meet that expectation.
The extension of the Washington Metrorail Silver Line from Dulles International Airport to eastern Loudoun County is one of the major projects he will oversee, Kroboth said.
Highway and pedestrian improvements and design and construction of public facilities such as libraries, community centers and fire stations will also be his responsibility, he said.
Loudoun County had 312,000 people in 2010, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, about twice the population of Washington County. In 2012, Forbes magazine listed it as the richest county in America, with a median household income of more than $115,000.
“We received on Friday a notice that he had taken a job in Loudoun County,” County Commissioner Ruth Anne Callaham said Monday. “I’m assuming this is a wonderful opportunity for a very talented person.”
“He’s a valuable asset and I’m sorry to see him leave,” said Commissioner Jeffrey Cline.
Kroboth, who has a master’s degree in business administration from Frostburg State University and a civil and structural engineering degree from the University of Maryland, came to the county as an assistant engineer in 1990 and, when the Division of Public Works was formed, he became deputy chief engineer, he said.
“In that position, I oversaw the design and construction of projects throughout the county, such as construction of the 40 West Landfill, Eastern Boulevard and the Halfway Boulevard reconstruction,” Kroboth said.
Kroboth also was director of Fire and Emergency Services from 2001-2005, and his first day on that job happened to be a significant one — Sept. 11, 2001, he said.
“On my first day that job really took a shift toward a more community-wide emergency preparedness situation,” he said.
Leaving for his new job is bittersweet, Kroboth said.
“There are great people here in Washington County government,” he said. “I’ve had a wonderful career” with the county and city, he said.
He was deputy director of the Division of Public Works from 2005-2007 before becoming its director in February of that year, Kroboth said.
Prior to being hired by the county, Kroboth said he worked for the City of Hagerstown for a decade.
The position of director of Public Works should be posted in the near future, said Washington County Administrator Gregory B. Murray. Rob Slocum is the deputy director of Public Works, he said.
The Division of Public Works includes transit, highways, Hagerstown Regional Airport, county radio communications and engineering services, Murray said.