Disciplinary actions: Engineers, land surveyors, and on–site

For details about many of these disciplinary actions, please see Search business and professional licenses.

June 2016

Unlicensed Land Surveying

Kenneth S. Hoffman — Gresham, OR

  • Findings:
    • Performed land surveying without being licensed in Washington.
  • Action:
    • $750 fine.
    • Cease and desist from offering to provide and/or provide land surveying in Washington until such time as she shall be licensed to do so in Washington State.

Land Surveying

Richard Steven Russum — Kennewick, WA

  • Findings:
    • Failed to complete contracted work in 2012 and failed to provide information to client.
    • Performed a survey in 2010 and failed to record survey.
    • Failed to respond to multiple inquiries by another licensed land surveyor about the project(s).
    • Failed to complete required 30 hours of professional development hours (PDH) at time of renewal.
    • Failed to provide proof of required PDH.
    • Failed to respond to board’s requests for information.
  • Action:
    • $2500 fine.
    • 2–year suspension (stayed) contingent upon complying with other sanctions.
    • Must complete and file amended survey originally performed in 2010.  Survey must fully comply with the Survey Recording Act, Survey Standards, and rules in title 196 WAC.  Upon filing survey, he must provide a copy to the Board for review.
    • Must complete 15 additional hours of PDH
    • Must enroll in the “Ethics in Land Surveying” course administered by New Mexico State University within 90 days.
    • Within one year, must complete the “Ethics in Land Surveying” course. This course must be completed in addition to the PDH requirement.

April 2016

Engineering

Donald Ray Nielsen — Spokane, WA

  • Findings:
    • Offered to perform and did perform engineering services, including stamping and signing engineering plans when his license was expired.
  • Action:
    • $2500 fine.
    • Notify clients that license was expired at the time engineering plans were stamped and provide copy of notification to the Board.  
    • Resubmit all projects stamped but not yet completed construction as of February 2, 2016, to the appropriate plan reviewing entities and notify Board when completed.

Robert B. Bittner — Portland, OR

  • Findings:
    • Offered to perform and did perform engineering services, including stamping and signing engineering plans when his license was expired.
  • Action:
    • $2000 fine.
    • Notify clients that license was expired at the time engineering plans were stamped and provide copy of notification to the Board.
    • Reissue all engineering plans to the clients and notify Board when completed.

January 2016

Land Surveying

Michael S. Mahoney — San Bruno, CA

  • Findings:
    • Failed to complete required 30 hours of professional development hours (PDH) at time of renewal.
    • Failed to provide proof of required PDH.
    • Failed to respond to board’s requests for information.
    • Failed to respond to Statement of Charges.
  • Action:
    • $500 fine.
    • 24 month suspension, in effect for the first 9 months, additional 15 months stayed if he complies with other sanctions.
    • Must complete 30 hours of PDH.

August 2015

Professional Land Surveying

Benjamin Hodde — Pasco

  • Finding:
    • Failed to file a record of survey within 90 days.
    • Failed to remain in contact with his client.
    • Failed to respond to Board’s request for information.
    • Failed to timely respond to Statement of Charges.
  • Action:
    • $5000 fine
    • License suspended through December 28, 2016.
    • Refund $600 fee to client and provide proof to Board.
    • Remove evidence in the form of monuments set during the course of survey, if any, and provide to the Board proof of removal.
    • Before license can be reinstated, must comply with sanctions and take and pass the State Specific 2–hour PLS exam.

Professional Land Surveying

G. Phil Sargent —Sumner

  • Finding:
    • During a random audit, it was found that Mr. Sargent failed to complete the required 30 continuing professional hours by the time of his license renewal. Mr. Sargent did complete the required hours after being contacted.
  • Action:
    • $250 fine
    • License suspended for 6–months (stayed).

Unlicensed Land Surveying

David Wilson — Clayton

  • Finding:
    • Performed field measurements and prepared a drawing for a boundary line adjustment, showing “found” monuments, in Stevens County.
    • Performed a boundary line survey, including the marking of property corners in Spokane County.
  • Action:
    • Cease and desist from offering to provide and/or providing land surveying services in Washington.
    • $2000 fine.
    • Must provide a full accounting of all projects, surveys, or services provided that included the marking of property boundaries, recovering property corners, preparing maps of property boundaries, or making an analysis or recommendations to clients on the locations of property boundaries or encroachments.

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