PE/LS, the former City Engineer of Idaho
Falls, Idaho has been waging a valiant battle on behalf of the Engineering
Profession. Ed sacrificed his career and economic well being as well as
his peace of mind to uphold the highest principles of the Engineering
Profession and to defend the public’s health, safety and welfare.
Ed had been a highly regarded and efficient City
Engineer for Idaho Falls for over 27 years when he was forced to resign
for refusing to sign and seal projects over which he did not have responsible
charge. A non-engineer demanded that Ed perform actions that would
violate his code of ethics and the Idaho Engineering Licensure Statue in
order to satisfy some special interests. To his credit, Ed stuck to his
principles and upheld the Engineer’s Credo which mandates that a
Professional Engineer “live and work according to the laws of man and
the highest standards of professional conduct…” and “place….the
public welfare above all other considerations.”
Ed is currently working at a minimum wage job and doing sporadic
Engineering work. He is vigorously pursuing his legal crusade to vindicate
his actions and to ensure that the issue of responsible charge,
which is the bedrock of the Engineering Profession, is not undermined or
made irrelevant. To continue his legal battle, Ed needs the financial and
moral support of the Engineering Community. To help Ed in his fight for
the Engineering Profession, please contact us at:
You can also help by publicizing this website to
your colleagues. In addition, joining and becoming active in NSPE
and AEA will help ensure that the
Engineering Profession can remain strong and maintain its integrity.
Public safety is paramount to our
Engineers nationwide, even worldwide will benefit from this information
they see first hand how quickly "responsible charge"
- "public safety" can be eliminated from their profession by
non-engineers & non-professionals.
Read the abstract letters from national leaders such as:
- American Engineering Alliance (AEA)
- Engineering News Record (ENR)
- Engineering Times - National Society of Professional Engineers (N.S.P.E)
- the Idaho Statesman - Idaho newspaper
- the Post Register - East Idaho newspaper
Read the letters from concerned professional engineers around the
country - New York, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Montana, Idaho, and more.
Read the statements from the N.S.P.E., legal counsel to the Idaho
Read the paragraphs (abstract) from the "State of Idaho board of
professional engineers and professional land surveyors" to the public
works director (non-engineer) of Idaho falls, Idaho
Feel the emotions from numerous letters especially one from an Idaho
engineer to the state society.
case is just, ISPE should strongly criticize the City's actions
and do everything possible to get those responsible fired."
This litigation is going into its fourth year - this is our battle -
not mine, not yours, but ours together
This is not the first time a licensed engineer has had the "responsible
charge" - "public safety issue" jeopardized.
But, it should be the beginning of the last time.
We all must unite as one profession - we must stand for public safety
and the advancement and betterment of human welfare.
The young engineers must be assured that they belong to and are
supported by, a strong, united,
professional organization that promotes the
advancement of the engineering profession.
Professional boards, professional societies must support and enforce
the laws that govern the engineers and their associated responsibilities
to the public. Likewise, the non-engineers that are practicing engineering
should be disciplined according to state laws.
Responsible charge and public safety is our business and our
You have seen the trend to replace professionals with non-professionals
- they work for less and when a failure occurs they have no license to
lose - only the public loses.
Read about one pump sanitary sewer lift stations when two pumps are
required as a minimum.
Look at a request to design and construct a sub standard street
cul-de-sac in a heavy tour bus and pedestrian
See for yourself the absence of sidewalks -
forcing pedestrians to walk
in the street when the city’s requirements specifically require
sidewalks to be constructed, or replaced.