ITD Executive Team Biographies

Brian Ness

Idaho Transportation Department
Director - Brian Ness

A life-long transportation professional, Brian Ness became Director of the Idaho Transportation Department in 2010. He is responsible for an annual budget of more than $500 million and provides leadership for 1,724 employees.

Ness is Vice President of the Western Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (WASHTO). In this position, he serves as a regional representative to the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials' (AASHTO) Executive Committee. Ness also chairs the Special Committee on Transportation Security and Emergency Management for AASHTO and the Highway Transport Committee of the Western Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.

He is a recognized authority on organizational realignment and has been invited to speak nationally about how to structure a more effective state government. In 2013, the Idaho Transportation Department was presented the AASHTO President’s Award for Administration for the results of its realignment efforts.

He is also recognized as a leader in applying new organizational structure to emergency management and security.

Ness earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Tri-State University and a Master’s in Public Administration from Western Michigan University. He is a licensed professional engineer in Michigan and Idaho.

Ness was honored in 2012 as the Treasure Valley Women in Transportation Leader of the Year. In 2013, the Idaho Transportation Department received 37 state and national awards for its programs and projects including the prestigious Francois Award for Innovation.

Before assuming his position at ITD, Brian worked for 30 years at the Michigan Department of Transportation. There, he held positions that ranged from structural research engineer and assistant unit head in the Materials Testing Laboratory to district maintenance engineer, airport project section manager, district project development engineer, and administrator of the North Region Office.

Scott Stokes

Idaho Transportation Department
Chief Deputy- Scott Stokes

Scott Stokes, a 21-year Idaho Transportation Department veteran, became chief deputy in 2007 after a long tenure as district engineer in northern Idaho.

As chief deputy, Mr. Stokes oversees the divisions of Aeronautics, Motor Vehicles, and Transportation Performance and has primary responsibility for much of the department’s daily operations.

Mr. Stokes is chairman of the Idaho Traffic Safety Council and is intimately involved in all facets of highway safety for the department. He is a leading advocate of the drive to achieve zero deaths on Idaho highways. In support of ITD’s strategic plan, Mr. Stokes also is engaged in the department’s internal and external efforts to promote economic opportunity through transportation and to increase mobility for Idaho travelers.

He is a member of ITD’s four-person executive team and reports to the director.

A second-generation ITD employee, Mr. Stokes joined the department in 1992 and served as the state bridge engineer early in his career. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from Brigham Young University and worked for a private engineering firm about eight years before joining ITD.

Brenda Williams
Brenda Williams

Idaho Transportation Department
Chief Human Resources Officer – Brenda Williams

Brenda Williams brought an extensive background in human resources to the Idaho Transportation Department in October 2013 when she became the department’s Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO).

Recently, she was the Area Human Resources Manager for Republic Services (formerly Allied Waste Services), in Salt Lake City, where she provided strategic leadership for multiple states. She achieved key business objectives in the areas of development, succession planning, and performance management. Republic is a Fortune 500 company that specializes in environmental services with 31,000 employees in 40 states, including Idaho.

Williams was also the Director of Human Resources for Comcast Corp., (formerly AT&T Broadband), in Salt Lake City, for multiple locations throughout the state. She was instrumental in driving employee engagement through management and employee action teams. Williams was promoted to the position after serving as Director of Staffing and Organizational Development for AT&T Broadband.

Jim Carpenter

Idaho Transportation Department
Chief Operations Officer – Jim Carpenter

Jim Carpenter became ITD’s Chief Operations Officer in 2013 after spending most of his career in District 2. He began his 28-year ITD career in 1985 as an engineering project supervisor in Lewiston. Three years later he became staff engineer in the district before transferring in 1989 to District 4 in Shoshone where he served as assistant district engineer

He returned to Lewiston as district engineer in 1994, a position he held for 19 years until becoming the department’s second COO. He is responsible for the department’s operations, including its largest division – highways.

Carpenter served as district engineer during one of its largest highway construction projects – realignment and expansion of U.S. 95 between Lewiston and Moscow.

Charlene McArthur

Idaho Transportation Department
Chief Administrative Officer– Charlene McArthur

After a successful career in the private sector, Charlene “Char” McArthur assumed the position of Chief Administrative Officer at the Idaho Transportation Department in October 2013.

She previously served as the Global Corporate Controller for the Fluke Corp., a Danaher Operating Company located in Everett, Wash. She was responsible for the company’s financial reporting, internal control, and managing working capital targets of more than 20 subsidiaries throughout the world. Char attributes her success to developing skilled, dedicated and engaged employees who strategically focus continuous improvement efforts on the organization’s strategic priorities.

McArthur, a Boise native, graduated from Boise State University with a BBA in accounting. She has worked in both public accounting and private industry. Char is a licensed CPA.