Charleston Gazette-Mail | WV engineering board looks to strip licenses amid DOH probe

A West Virginia board that licenses engineers has filed complaints against at least three individuals and a company snared in a federal investigation into kickbacks at the state Division of Highways, according to a letter sent to the House of Delegates Monday.

The state Board of Registration for Professional Engineers said it initiated its own inquiry earlier this year after two former DOH engineers and a Putnam County contractor agreed to plead guilty to federal charges.

Last week, Delegate Gary Howell, R-Mineral, who heads the House Government Organization Committee, directed the board to disclose what steps the agency has taken to revoke the licenses of those who admitted to taking part in a “pay-for-play” scheme that illegally diverted $1.5 million worth of DOH contracts to a South Carolina firm called Dennis Corp.

Engineering board President Edward L. Robinson told Howell the agency is “proceeding with dispatch” in its investigation.

“The board shares your concern and agrees that attention to these matters is necessary in order for the board to fulfill its duty to safeguard life, health and property, while promoting the public welfare in its regulation of the practice of engineering in West Virginia,” Robinson wrote in Monday’s letter.

Earlier this year, Dennis Corp. owner Daniel R. Dennis, and DOH traffic engineers Bruce Kenney II and James Travis Miller, pleaded guilty to federal charges. Dennis’ engineering license is listed as inactive, Kenney has let his license lapse, while Miller’s license remains active, according to the engineering board website.

Miller works for a company called Mountaineer Engineering and Transportation Solutions, which holds a “certificate of authorization” through the engineering board to operate in West Virginia.

Dennis Corp.’s license is inactive.

Mark Whitt, owner of Scott Depot-based electrical contractor Bayliss & Ramey, also has pleaded guilty after…

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