Malcolm Bowie, Benton County's road engineer, will be doing double duty as interim road engineer for Franklin County until April.
Bowie is filling in while Franklin County completes an investigation involving allegations of misappropriation of public funds.
Nine employees from Franklin County are on administrative leave, including Tim Fife, the county's public works director and engineer.
Bowie's help is needed because state law requires that a licensed road engineer review and certify work done for the county.
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Bowie will continue to fulfill his duties for Benton County and be available for Franklin County on an as-needed basis.
Benton County will be reimbursed at an hourly rate for whatever time Bowie spends during his 40-hour work week handling Franklin County matters, said Loretta Smith-Kelty, Benton County deputy administrator.
That hourly rate is about $47.
Bowie, who is salaried, will not receive overtime and is expected not to exceed his normal work week, said Steve Becken, director of public works for Benton County.
"There will have to be some adjustments, just like when someone goes on vacation," Becken said.
Franklin County is required by law to have a certified engineer examine and certify documents for the state County Road Administration Board and the state Department of Transportation.
He also will review survey data for rights of way, and will review plans, specifications and engineering estimates for Franklin County.
Bowie's extra duties on behalf of Franklin County also require him to review and sign engineering vouchers and payroll for Franklin County employees.
"We have no idea how long this will go on," Becken said.
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