There has been an internal change in the City of Elyria Engineering Department. The city
administration has appointed Kathryn McKillips as the City of Elyria Engineer effective
Monday, January 3, 2022. John Schneider will fill the role as the Assistant Engineer for the City
of Elyria effective January 3, 2022.
“We are excited about Kathy entering this role and believe she may be the first woman to be
Elyria’s City Engineer,” says Elyria Mayor Frank Whitfield. “Her ability to communicate and
execute are going to be critical for this phase that we are in with the unprecedented amount of
projects and opportunities for more projects relating to our roads, water infrastructure, parks
developments, and more. Kathy’s experience makes this transition easy, but there will still be
a learning curve as she starts to get more involved in the interactions we have with the
county, NOACA, and other regional and state partners. I’m looking forward to working with
her to move this city forward at the pace of business.
McKillips has 27 years of engineering experience in local government working with water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure planning, design, and project management. Prior to her 11 years as the Project Engineer and Assistant Engineer with Elyria, McKillips worked with the City of Sandusky as a Project Engineer/Director of Engineering. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from The Ohio State University.