Kenton C. Ward has been serving as the Hamilton County Surveyor since 1977. He holds an AAS in Architectural Technology, 1974, a BS in Construction Technology, 1976 both from Purdue University. He also holds a Certificate in Public Management, 1984, and a Master of Public Affairs, 1986, both from Indiana University. He is a 1995 graduate of the DIPLOMA program of the Association of Indiana Counties, a 1995 graduate of the Hamilton County Leadership Academy and a 2014 graduate of the Indiana Watershed Leadership Program. He is a Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM), Certified Erosion Sediment and Storm Water Inspector (CESSWI), Certified Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System Specialist (CMS4S) and a Certified Inspector of Sediment and Erosion Control (CISEC).
Ward serves on the Environment, Energy and Land Use Steering Committee, Information Technology Committee and the Essential County Technology Sub Committee for the National Association of Counties (NACo) and as Vice Chair on NACo’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Sub Committee. Ward also serves as Region 6 Director of the National Conference of Republican County Officials (NCRCO). He is a past president and member of the National Association of County Surveyors (NACS), charter member of the Indiana Association for Floodplain and Stormwater Management (INAFSM), a past president and member of the County Surveyors Association of Indiana (CSAI), American Public Works Association, Indiana Water Monitoring Council (InWMC), Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM), Indiana Water Resources Association, Indiana Planning Association and the Soil and Water Conservation Society. He serves on the Service Advisory Board of the Citizens Energy Group, the Steering Committee for the Indiana Watershed Leadership Program through Purdue University and as Indiana’s representative on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Counties. He serves as Chairman on the Hamilton County GIS Policy Committee and the Hamilton County Wellhead Protection Committee. He also serves on the Hamilton County Stormwater Steering Committee, Hamilton County Information Systems Services Board, the Hamilton County Plan Commission, and the Big Cicero Creek Drainage Board as Assistant Surveyor. Ward also serves as Legislative Liaison to INAFSM.
In 1995 he was appointed by Governor Bayh to serve on the work group which compiled the Indiana Drainage Handbook which is utilized by stormwater designers throughout Indiana. In 2002 and 2003 he served on the Indiana Department of Environmental Management’s external workgroup for the writing of Rule 13 which is Indiana’s administrative rule for the compliance with EPA’s Stormwater Phase II regulations, along with the external workgroup which compiled the Guidance Document for Indiana’s Rule 13. He has received the Outstanding County Surveyor Award from the AIC in 1984 and 2004, the Presidents Award from the CSAI in 1995, Urban Conservationist of the Year from the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District in 1997 and the Excellence in Stormwater Management from the INAFSM in 1997. In 2009 he was the recipient of the Arthur R. Himsel Award from the Association of Indiana Counties. Ward was the recipient of the 2014 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Hamilton County Leadership Academy.
He is married to his wife of 40 years, Robin. They have a daughter Kate, son Alex and grandson Beckham. He is a member of the Noblesville First Christian Church, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, American Legion and Indiana Farm Bureau. He is a life member of the Hamilton County Historical Society, the Noblesville High School Alumni Association, Purdue Alumni Association, the National Eagle Scout Association and the National Rifle Association. He also serves as a Republican Precinct Committeeman.