An Army Corps of Engineers employee in Charleston whose duties include overseeing the harbor-deepening project has been promoted to the top civilian job in the Charleston District.

Lisa Metheney was chosen from a pool of more than 105 applicants to be the new Deputy District Engineer for Programs and Project Management.

Metheney will be responsible for programmatic oversight of the planning, design and construction of military, civil works, environmental, and interagency and international support projects for the Charleston District.

Since 2009 Metheney was assistant chief for the Programs and Project Management Division in Charleston, responsible for civil works, military construction, and interagency and international support programs.

She has been directly overseeing project management of a project to deepen the harbor to accommodate larger container ships, the Charleston Harbor Post 45 Deepening Feasibility Study.

"Not only does she serve as an example for others who aspire to serve as a senior leader within the Corps, but she is experienced and poised to take on the challenges we will inevitably face in the future," said Lt. Col. John Litz, district commander. "Her experience with the Corps and the Charleston District make her a great fit."

Metheney joined the Charleston District in 1999 after working for the Corps' Huntington (Va.) District for six years. She has a bachelor's degree in economics and master's degree in business administration, both from Marshall University.

Metheney will replace Bill Stein who has served in the position since 2003 and will retire Jan. 6.

"The SC Ports Authority has an excellent relationship with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and we have worked extensively with Lisa on our harbor deepening project," said Jim Newsome, CEO of the authority.

The Corps is also involved in area projects, including beach renourishment.

"We look forward to continuing to work on the beach projects with Lisa in her new role," said Folly Beach Mayor Tim Goodwin.