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City Engineering Personnel


Scott Parker, B. S. C. E., P. E., City Engineer

Scott Parker, a lifelong resident of Lee County, recently accepted the position of City Engineer in Opelika.  A distinguished Professional Engineer, he has twenty years of roadway design and transportation engineering experience.  His experience not only includes work in materials and design, but in capacities from municipal to federal programs.  During his tenure, he has been able to develop the managerial experience needed to propel the city into its bright and prosperous future.  

A graduate of Auburn University in Civil Engineering, Scott comes from a long line of engineering expertise.  He obtained his P.E. in the state of Alabama in 2001.  


John Gwin, Assistant City Engineer

John Gwin, a resident of Lee County for the last 15 years, accepted the position of Assistant City Engineer in 2014. He is a Civil Engineering Graduate from Auburn University, with over 10 years of experience in various Civil Engineering design and management projects.  John has worked in various capacities in the private and public sector and has spent the last 7 years employed as a municipal engineer. He has gained much experience as a diligent public servant and will help to continue the positive vision of the City.

John Harris, Storm Water Coordinator
Born in Anniston Alabama, John graduated Anniston High School and attended Auburn University, graduating with a degree in Agronomy.  John served as an assistant county agent in Talladega County and a pecan pest management specialist in Mobile and Baldwin counties.

He returned to work for the USDA Soil Conservation Service, now the Natural Resources Conservation Service and has worked 39 years in 22 counties. Harris moves to Opelika from Prattville after 33 years, where he was a District Conservationist over 3 central Alabama counties. John’s work with the Prattville Planning Department, units of governments and work in erosion and sediment control, Harris brings a wide array of experience and is a gain for Opelika.  Harris has served on many state wide committees developing natural resource and water quality sustainable methods. Harris looks forward to his continued work with area developers, builders, Lee County landowners and ADEM for a comprehensive approach to Opelika’s natural beauty.