Hon. Kenton Ward

Hon. Kenton Ward

Surveyor, Hamilton County, Ind.


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 Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM), Certified Erosion Sediment and Storm Water Inspector (CESSWI), Certified Professional in Municipal Stormwater Management (CPMSM) and a Certified Inspector of Sediment and Erosion Control (CISEC).

Ward serves on the Environment, Energy and Land Use Steering Committee, Information Technology Standing Committee, Rural Action Caucus, Resilient Counties Advisory Board, Essential County Technology Sub Committee, Vice Chair of the Water Sub-committee and as Vice Chair of the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Sub Committee for the National Association of Counties (NACo).  He also serves on the Hamilton County Plan Commission, Emergency Management Advisory Committee (EMAC), Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), and the Big Cicero Creek Drainage Board as Assistant Surveyor and was Co-chair of the 2023 Hamilton County Bicentennial Commission.  

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 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. In 2017 he received the Special Recognition Award from INAFSM for his 12 years of service as Legislative Chair and in 2023 was recognized for his 50 years of continuous service to Hamilton County.