Flagler County Engineer Faith Alkhatib has been something of a semi-secret weapon in local government’s arsenal, working behind the scenes either to secure more money or save it through road projects or the recent construction of the sheriff’s operations center, and influencing long-term planning for the reconstruction of A1A and the county’s dunes in the wake of Hurricane Matthew.
But while county engineers work in the background, her peers are likely not surprised as she is named president of the Florida Association of County Engineers and Road Superintendents Friday. The organization is a non-profit affiliated with both the National Association of County Engineers and the Florida Association of Counties.
“I am really proud of this organization,” Al-Khatib said in a release. “We do very important work that helps our communities.” Al-Khatib is currently the organization’s vice president.
The organization monitors and offers opinions on related local, state and national legislation affecting transportation and public works, contributes to the development or revision of statewide standard specifications and guideline documents, and provides a forum for ideas, technical information and best practices to assure every community of the best possible engineering available.
That work includes updating the “Florida Greenbook,” the Florida Department of Transportation’s “manual of uniform minimum standards for design, construction and maintenance.” It provides criteria for public streets, roads, highways, bridges, sidewalks, curbs and curb ramps, crosswalks, bicycle facilities, underpasses, and overpasses used by the public for vehicular and pedestrian travel.
“Flagler County is very proud that our engineer, Ms. Faith Al-Khatib, will be president of FACERS,” County Administrator Craig Coffey said, using the organization’s acronym. “It is a testament to our staff that they are willing to go above and beyond when they already have very intense schedules. This is just one example of staff’s dedication to Flagler County residents.”
wishful thinking says
Yep – Flagler County, and all of us, are lucky to have her. She has a big heart, big brains, diplomacy,( as well as a devotion to her ever growing family) . Her negotiating skills are another of her assets. She manages to look the same age as her stunning daughters. No doubt she will be the very best Presiident (as well and the very best looking). Congratulations Faith and thank you for your over a decade of your brilliant accomplishments.
Cindy Chambers says
They could not have chosen a more capable person. I am proud that she represents Flagler County.
At what cost? How much of our tax dollars have been handed to her since she became employed by Flagler County? If she was so good, she would be employed elsewhere, not in little old Flagler County.