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Longview city engineer resigns after found without Texas license

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The public works engineers will step in and do an evaluation on processes that run through this office. (Source: KLTV Staff) The public works engineers will step in and do an evaluation on processes that run through this office. (Source: KLTV Staff)
LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - The Longview city engineer has been practicing for the past five years without a Texas license, according to City of Longview officials.

The city hired Mark Adas in 2009 with a State of Michigan engineering license. Licensed in another state, he was hired on terms to get that license and never did. He had one year to obtain a license in Texas.

“That was something that was known at hire and given a time period to take care of that. Unfortunately, it fell through the cracks. It came back to light and in order to deal with it, he decided to resign,” Shawn Hara, the city spokesperson said.

For five years, he reviewed and approved plans and permit applications for construction for new buildings and additions to existing buildings. City officials say he was one of many eyes that were on a potential project and the safety of these buildings is not in question.

“There's not one single person throughout the process. There are a lot of eyes that go on any project. The whole planing process includes a lot of people, “ Hara said.

The city says they don't plan on finding his replacement immediately, but the public works engineers will step in and do an evaluation on processes that run through this office.

“They will take the time to look and see are there any other processes we want to improve, any other ways we want to change, maybe how we are doing business and how this is handled before they immediately go and fill the position,” Hara said.

Mark Adas could face administrative action from the Texas Board of Professional Engineers. The Gregg County district attorney tells us that there is no criminal charge associated with this case.

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