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Posted on: October 16, 2023

Bob Thompson Named Deputy Engineer for City of Valpo

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Bob Thompson has been named Deputy Engineer for the City of Valparaiso, announced Mayor Matt Murphy. “We’re so pleased to have someone with Bob’s extensive experience and expertise on our engineering team. His diverse background will be an excellent complement to our planning, engineering and redevelopment endeavors, including helping to update the City’s ADA transition plan, pathways master plan and engineering standards,” he said.


Thompson brings more than 33 years of experience with Porter County, most recently as director of development and stormwater management where he was responsible for the planning, building and managing of key projects. He was responsible for creating the county’s unified development ordinance (UDO), the award-winning land use and thoroughfare plan as well as the design, planning and construction of county bridges.


Thompson has earned  a master’s degree in city and regional planning from the Illinois Institute of Technology School of Architecture, a bachelor’s degree in construction technology from Purdue University and an associate degree in civil engineering technology from Purdue University Northwest. 


To learn more about the City of Valparaiso’s Engineering Department and current projects, visit


Thompson and his wife, Joanna, live in Valparaiso and have two adult daughters.  He enjoys fitness, biking, camping, backpacking, visiting state parks and spending time with his family.


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