Highway chief steering in a new direction


Joe Copeland has been busy wrapping up projects in his last couple of months as Hancock County highway superintendent and engineer. He is retiring after 27 years on the job. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)

GREENFIELD — Joe Copeland has reached the end of the road – at least with his work in Hancock County government.

Copeland is retiring after a 27-year career as county highway superintendent and engineer, and local officials say with his wealth of knowledge in road repairs, snow removal and funding for major construction projects, he’ll be missed.

Copeland, 57, announced his retirement late last year and has spent the past two months wrapping up projects and giving tips to Gary Pool, the new county highway engineer. Though the job is often thankless – from dealing with public complaints to complicated funding formulas – Copeland says he’s enjoyed his time with the county.

“I like problems because I like solving them,” Copeland said. “I enjoy that every day it’s different around here. Something is new you didn’t expect; you’ve got to take two steps back and come up with a solution.”

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