On Friday, July 5th, Andy Erdman will be trading his GIS hat for his fishing cap.
Andy has been with Jefferson County for 43 years, a career longer than a few of his employees have been alive! In that time, Andy started the GIS program in 1990 after being asked by the then County Administrator, “Can we do something like this?”, handing Andy a magazine that he had been reading. Andy ran with it and managed to survive all the different versions and creations of the ESRI software along the way.
Andy has been a member of WLIA for all 28 years of WLIA records dating back to 1991. He as attended all but ONE of the Annual Conferences and is the current record holder for number of conferences attended! He served on the WLIA Board from 1995-1997 and received the Distinguished Service Award for those two years on the Board. He was also the LION Chair in 2003. Andy has presented at WLIA Annual Conferences and Regional Meetings. And in 2009, Jefferson County was presented the WLIA Government Achievement Award for the work done on the major flooding of the Rock and Crawfish Rivers in June of 2008.
Andy will be missed in his “home” office as well as in the GIS community. If you would like to send Andy well-wishes on his retirement, you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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We are united by an interest in land records modernization, GIS, and related technologies, and by the need for government policies and programs that support their efficient and effective application.