City Engineering staff

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(Sitting) John Gwin, Assistant City Engineer; Scott Parker, City Engineer

(Standing) Wanda Harris, Administrative Assistant; Mark Miller, Survey Crew Chief; Case  O'Dell, Engineering Technician; John Harris, Storm Water Coordinator

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.                     

Mark Miller, Survey Crew Chief

A Lee County resident since 1975, Mark literally grew up in the land surveying business.  He received his degree in Building Science from Auburn University in 1983 and his first job after college was actually working for Opelika’s Engineering Department, then located with other City departments, at 1010 Avenue C. After a time with the City, he returned to his father’s firm where he accumulated the experience to get his surveyor’s license.  After many years in private practice, mostly in the Opelika area, he worked for several years in the engineering department of another municipality. In April of 2016, Mark was very glad of the opportunity to return to the City of Opelika where he employs his knowledge and experience as a part of the Engineering Department team.                                                    

Case O'Dell, Engineering Technician

Originally from Fayette Alabama, Case finished at Mississippi State University in 2014 with a degree in Environmental Science.Upon graduation he moved to Auburn and began working as an environmental consultant in Montgomery. After serving in this role for three years, he and his family decided to move from Auburn to Opelika, where he was eventually able to secure a position with the City. Being well versed in ADEM regulations concerning construction storm water and having varied experience in other environmental services, Case will be able to assist the Engineering Department in a variety of ways. Case looks forward to growing his family and career while serving the City of Opelika, a place he now calls home. 

Wanda Harris, Administrative Assistant

Wanda Harris, a lifelong resident of Opelika, Alabama, begin her career with the City of Opelika in 1992 in the Utility Business Office as a customer service representative.  She transferred to the Engineering Department in 1993 where she has continued her customer service/administrative duties for more than twenty years.  She looks forward to being a part of the continued success of the Engineering Department.  Wanda is a 1986 graduate of Opelika High School and received an Associate degree in Business Administration from Phillips Junior College in Columbus, Georgia.