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Mitchell (Mitch) R. Blackford

Mitch Blackford is the Transportation Administrator of the Ohio Department of Transportation’s Franklin County. He is responsible for the overall leadership, budget, work plan, maintenance activities and strategic direction of Franklin County. Under the direction of Mitch, Franklin County comprises 78 employees at 4 facilities with maintenance and repair responsibilities encompassing 1456 lane miles, including key interstate corridors of I-270, I-70, I-670 and I-71. In his years at ODOT, he has played a key role in developing and executing successful strategies for efficiency, accountability, customer service and ODOT reputation building.

Before joining ODOT, Mitch spent 8 years with the City of Madison, Ohio managing the wastewater treatment plant, including the collection system. He developed maintenance and repair, safety and emergency contingency plan manuals and improved operations efficiencies and strategies to remain Ohio Environmental Protection Agency permit compliant. He holds current Ohio EPA water and wastewater licenses.

Born March 29, 1972 in Sidney, Ohio, Mitch graduated from The Ohio State University in 1995 with a Bachelor’s degree in Hydrogeology. His current memberships include Traffic Incident Management (TIM) and 101G Materials Contract committees. He served on ODOT’s Transportation Administrator training development committee, Mechanic and Auto Body training committee and ODOT District Six Safety Committee. Mitch joined ODOT in May 2005.

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