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Slusher Appointed ODOT District 1 Deputy Director

LIMA (Friday, January 21, 2011)Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) Director Jerry Wray has officially announced the appointment of Kirk Slusher of Lima as deputy director for ODOT District 1.

Slusher assumed his new position on January 10, 2011.

As deputy director, Slusher oversees a district, headquartered in Lima, which is responsible for maintaining approximately 3,200 lane miles of state highway and approximately 800 bridges within an eight-county area. The district is also responsible for planning and constructing transportation projects which improve, enhance or expand the area’s transportation system.

District 1 includes the counties of Allen, Defiance, Hancock, Hardin, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert and Wyandot.

“I’ve been given the opportunity to lead a tremendous group of people at ODOT District 1 and am looking forward to us accomplishing the initiatives we as a department will undertake,” said Slusher.

Slusher, who is originally from Antwerp, graduated from Ohio Northern University with a bachelor of science in civil engineering. Immediately following graduation, Slusher began working for the Ohio Department of Transportation in District 1 as a design engineer.  He worked in both design and planning until 1997 when he assumed the District 1 Planning Administrator position. He also served the district as construction monitor in the construction department.

During his tenure as the planning administrator, Slusher effectively managed the district's capital allocation budget which averages $30 million per year. He also led the preliminary development efforts for all of the district’s major projects including the U.S. 24 Fort to Port relocation and expansion project, the upcoming reconstruction of I-75 through Allen County, as well as several major interchange reconstruction projects.

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 For more information contact:
Rhonda Pees, Public Information Officer, at (419) 999-6803
or email
D01.PIO@dot.state.oh.us