Hopewell Township Administrator and Municipal Engineer Named Government Engineer of the Year...

Hopewell Township Administrator and Municipal Engineer Named Government Engineer of the Year by ASCE

Photo: Paul Pogorzelski

Hopewell Township Administrator and Municipal Engineer, Paul Pogorzelski, was awarded this year’s Government Engineer of the Year by the Central Jersey Branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Pogorzelski was also recognized by the Hopewell Township Committee on October 24, 2016, by way of a proclamation. 

The American Society of Civil Engineers (“ASCE”), founded in 1852, represents more than 140,000 civil engineers worldwide, with 4,100 in New Jersey, and is America’s oldest national engineering society. The ASCE New Jersey Section Central Jersey Branch includes Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean and Somerset Counties and a portion of Burlington County. Each year, the ASCE Central Jersey Branch honors the accomplishments of its civil engineering peers in several different categories including Engineer of the Year, Government Engineer of the Year, Excellence in Management, Service to the People, Young Engineer of the Year, and Project of the Year.

Pogorzelski has held the position of Hopewell Township Administrator and Municipal Engineer since 2007, after having served as its consulting engineer from 1988-2007. Prior to joining Hopewell Township, he was employed by Van Cleef Engineering Associates as partner. He is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University.

As Township Administrator, he is responsible for all operations of the Township including management of of 150 full and part-time employees and day-to-day contact with residents and businesses. As Municipal Engineer, he consults with the governing body, all municipal departments and all advisory boards, committees and commissions; reviews all planning, zoning and building permit applications; manages the MS-4 municipal stormwater program; manages public water and sewer system operations; oversees all capital project designs; manages public water contracts; manages consultant contracts; manages day-to-day public work issues; and handles all resident inquiries on drainage issues.

Pogorzelski has been successful in implementation of unique and sustainable land development design practice in the Township. His use of porous Portland cement and porous bituminous concrete technologies include a demonstration project for the NJDEP.

Pogorzelski, PE/PP, has served as advisory committee member for the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed, Middlesex-Somerset-Mercer Regional Council, Mercer County Access Code Steering Committee, Mercer County Soil Conservation District and several public school systems.

When delivering the Proclamation, Township Mayor Kevin Kuchinski said, “We wanted to express our thanks tonight to Paul Pogorzelski for everything he does for our community, and to join the American Society of Civil Engineers, Central Jersey Branch in honoring Paul as 2016 Government Engineer of the Year. I think it’s telling that all five Hopewell Township Committee Members wanted to personally sign off on the proclamation honoring Paul. This is a testament to what he brings to our Township and its residents. Congratulations Paul on your award, and thank you for your public service and dedication to Hopewell Township.”

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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe, and a lawyer. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, photographing mushrooms, and misguided adventures in random hobbies. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), serves on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance, and holds the elected position as the Hopewell Borough Democratic Committee Municipal Chairwoman.