Transportation board names new director –
After an extensive nationwide search, the Idaho Transportation Board selected Brian W. Ness to serve as its next director beginning Jan. 11, 2010. Ness comes to the state after a 30-year career with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT).
Ness possesses the professional background, leadership skills, and energy to make an immediate impact on transportation in Idaho, Idaho Transportation Board Chairman Darrell V. Manning said. We know that his degree in public administration coupled with his transportation background will serve him well in effectively leading the transportation department.
"I am looking forward to the challenges that await me in serving the citizens of Idaho," said Ness. "Between now and January, I will be developing relationships with the ITD team, the Governor's staff, and the Legislature, as we move the department to the next level."
Manning said the outstanding group of finalists made the selection difficult. On behalf of the board, I want to thank all of the other candidates as well as the departments employees who remained patient during the selection process.
Manning expressed the boards gratitude to Acting Director Scott Stokes who managed the departments day-to-day activities during the search. Stokes will continue as acting director until early January. He will then resume his duties as the departments deputy director.
Photo: Brian Ness, a regional engineer from Michigan (left), was joined by his wife and extended family in Boise this week as he was appointed ITD's new director, effective Jan. 11.