Community Interest


St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann has appointed John Lyons as the County Engineer for the St. Charles County Highway Department. Lyons was confirmed by the St. Charles County Council at the Monday, Jan. 10, meeting, and will begin his duties immediately. He replaces Craig Tajkowski who is retiring after 26 years working for the County. 

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Lyons has worked for St. Charles County Government since 2014, first as Highway Construction Engineer, and most recently as Highway Superintendent. He has been responsible for supervising 100 employees at four regional district facilities and directing all maintenance projects. His experience includes maintaining the department’s annual budget, on-site inspections of road and bridge construction projects, and supervising infrastructure repairs and maintenance. Prior to joining the County, Lyons was a civil engineer with the City of Urbana, Ill. 

“We are extremely fortunate to have John and the experience and expertise he brings in this role,” Ehlmann says. “His knowledge of engineering technology and understanding of infrastructure is a vital asset as our county continues to grow, as well as his established experience overseeing projects and highway personnel.” 

Lyons has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Engineering with a concentration in soil and water conservation from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in both Missouri and Illinois and is certified through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in National Incident Management System (NIMS). Lyons is a resident of St. Charles County and is active in his community.