Slusher as deputy director at the Lima office is Chris Hughes of Van
Wert. He will officially assume the role on April 15.
deputy director, Hughes will direct all aspects of the district which
is responsible for the maintenance of 3,300 lane miles of state and
federal highways and over 800 bridges. The district encompasses an
eight-county region in northwest Ohio with 320 full-time employees, a
$39 million annual operating budget and a $40 million capital program
District 1 serves the northwest Ohio counties of Allen, Defiance,
Hancock, Hardin, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert and Wyandot.
is an exciting and challenging time for ODOT and I look forward to
facing those challenges and being part of the solution. I will give my
best to the position, our employees and to the public we serve,” said
who is originally from Antwerp, graduated from Ohio Northern University
in 1986 with a bachelor of science in civil engineering. Immediately
following graduation, Slusher began working for ODOT in District 1 as a
design engineer. He worked in design, planning and construction and
served as planning administrator prior to being named deputy director.
deputy director, Slusher created and executed a plan which consolidated
several district work units at the Lima district headquarters into one
campus setting. The result was greater efficiency, improved facilities
and increased convenience for employees and equipment access.
expanded a job shadowing program which allows employees to experience
other careers within ODOT. The program provides a good basis for
opportunity and succession planning as employees leave the agency.
diversity of the workforce was increased in the district during
Slusher’s tenure. He established an apprenticeship program, designed to
reach an audience which otherwise may not have considered highway work
as a career. Since 2014, more than 60 individuals have been hired into
the program and of those, over 20 became full-time employees.
currently serves as co-chair of funding council, a statewide body which
guides major funding decisions for the agency, and served as a founding
member of technology council, a statewide body which receives and
prioritizes technology projects.
graduated from The Ohio State University in 2006 with a bachelor’s
degree in civil engineering and began working for ODOT the same year as
an engineer in training. He then worked as a field engineer in
construction overseeing a portion of the Fort to Port projects, which realigned
and expanded U.S. 24 between Fort Wayne, Ind., and Toledo, Ohio. More
recently, he served as project engineer during the first year of the
current $114 million widening and reconstruction project on Interstate
75 through Hancock County and the city of Findlay.
to being appointed deputy director, Hughes served as the district’s
capital programs administrator overseeing a program of approximately
$40 million and a staff of 64 employees in the construction, and
planning and engineering areas.