June 29, 2016

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Engineer officially takes over after trial by water

MEDINA — Amy Lyon-Galvin is Medina County’s first female sanitary engineer.

Lyon-Galvin had been serving as the interim head of the department since early December when Jim Troike resigned to take the sanitary engineer’s job in Stark County.

Amy Lyon-Galvin

Amy Lyon-Galvin

On Tuesday, Medina County commissioners made it official that Lyon-Galvin was the right person to lead the department.

“I’m looking forward to carrying on what’s already been established as a great department with great people,” she said.

Commissioner Stephen D. Hambley said Lyon-Galvin has proven herself through a challenging time.

“Obviously, she’s been doing very well as interim and she had a bit of baptism by fire when the city had that water shortage,” he said.

Hambley was referring to a January service interruption in the city of Medina that occurred when provider Avon Lake Municipal Utilities’ intake pipes in Lake Erie were frozen. Lyon-Galvin helped the city to link with county service lines to provide water for many city residents.

Hambley said she was also instrumental in the installation of EPA-mandated sewers in the Rustic Hills neighborhood.

“It’s been a very fast several weeks, but I welcome the new challenges,” Lyon Galvin said.

Hambley said Lyon-Galvin has worked with service directors in all three cities —Medina, Brunswick and Wadsworth — and all of them recommended her highly.

She was among 12 applicants, four of whom were interviewed for the job.

“She’s qualified, hard-working, comes well recommended, and has done great work on some challenging projects,” Hambley said.

Lyon-Galvin is a Wadsworth resident who has been with the sanitary engineer’s office for 10 years, serving as director of engineering since 2007.

She began in 2003 as a design engineer responsible for engineering design drawings for water, sewer and pump-station projects.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and a master’s from Cleveland State University.

Lyon-Galvin worked for private engineering consultant Louis Perry and Associates in Wadsworth from 1998 to 2003 and with CT Consultants of Willoughby from 1991 to 1998.

Contact reporter Dan Pompili at (330) 721-4012 or dpompili@medina-gazette.com.