Ernest D. Rowley, PLS
Weber County Surveyor
Ernest was born in Fillmore, Utah (the territorial capitol of Deseret), grew up in Meadow where he obtained the rank of Eagle in the B.S.A., and graduated from Millard High School. After graduating he spent nearly a year studying computer programming. After returning from an L.D.S. mission to the South Dakota, Rapid City Mission, he and his new bride, Carolyn, began raising a family which has grown to include five children. He attended Utah Technical College in Orem, Utah now known as Utah Valley State College , where he graduated with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Drafting and Design Technologies, which included course studies in surveying. After completing college he obtained work with Sunrise Engineering, Inc. in Fillmore, Utah as a draftsman. After less than a month of employment he was asked to help on the surveying crew. This became nearly a full time assignment. As an engineering project was obtained by the company he would collect survey data in the field, then draft the collected data, and under the direction of the project engineer perform many engineering technician functions, specializing in highway and route design, then take the completed project plans to the field and stake it for construction.
During this time James A. Cox, P.L.S., Corporate President of Sunrise, was selected as the Millard County Surveyor and under his supervision, Ernest aided in the performance of many of the field duties of a Contracted County Surveyor. Being a private company he was also involved in many private property surveys. While there Ernest became licensed as a Land Surveyor in Utah and shortly thereafter began to work with Sanpete County as their Contracted County Surveyor as well as filling the position of Contracted County Surveyor for Millard after Mr. Cox transferred to manage the Arizona offices. In March of 1993 he sought employment outside of Rural Utah and moved to Layton to begin working in Northern Utah for Knox & Associates in Bountiful. In April of 1995, after Mr. Martin Moore was elected the Weber County Surveyor, he was appointed by Mr. Moore as Chief Deputy for the Weber County Surveyor's Office.
February 3rd, 2006, Mr. Moore passed away vacating the office of county surveyor. Subsequently, Ernest was appointed as Weber County Surveyor by the County Commission on March 14th, 2006 to fill the remainder of Martin's term in office.
He is a Licensed Land Surveyor in the States of Utah, Nevada and Illinois. In addition to his state licenses' and A.A.S. degree, he has received training and certificates in Advanced Land Surveying from Snow College, Computer Aided Drafting for AutoCAD, Eagle Point engineering software, VersaCAD, and LazerCAD. He has also recieved GIS software certification using ArcView, and equipment certification on Leica Global Positioning Systems (GPS).
He has also served in many leadership capacities in the Utah Council of Land Surveyors, (UCLS) in the Salt Lake Chapter and the Golden Spike Chapter as well as being a member of the UCLS State Board from 1998 to 2005. He was presented with the "2005 Surveyor of the Year" award from the UCLS on February 23rd, 2006. The award is "In Recognition for Outstanding Work and Dedication to the Surveying Profession".
In addition to his Weber County duties he also teaches a surveying math course at Salt Lake Community College in the evenings during the fall and spring semesters as part of the only Surveying Degree program in Utah.
He has found the demands of his position as Chief Deputy and now as County Surveyor to be challenging and rewarding. He is committed to carrying on the Legacy of Trust that he and Mr. Moore have established with the public. He will continue to work toward the stabilization of private property boundaries and the integerity of individual property rights. Another focus that he has brought to this office is that of accurate records through the computerization of the records of the Surveyor's Office. This computerization will manifest its self in the form of the Surveyor's GIS Data Base. The Weber County web site will eventually bring most, if not all, of the records of the Weber County Surveyor's Office to the finger tips of Private Land Surveyors and others that may need them.