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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 23,  1999
OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

ODOT Chief Of Staff Appointed

COLUMBUS – Director Gordon Proctor today announced the appointment of David L. Celona to serve as chief of staff of the Ohio Department of Transportation.

"The contacts and knowledge Dave obtained as research analyst for Ohio’s Legislative Services Commission, director of policy on our transition team and legislative liaison in the Governor’s office will serve him well in his new position," said Gov. Bob Taft. "He will be missed in the Governor’s office, but will continue to be an asset to the administration in this new role."

Celona begins as chief of staff July 19 and will be responsible for developing and coordinating the department’s public policy agenda. He will also oversee the offices of Communications, Economic Development, and Legislative Services.

"Dave’s experience working with Ohio’s citizens and our elected officials will be a valuable addition to the department’s leadership team," said Proctor. "He will provide the kind of leadership that will continue to make ODOT one of the finest transportation departments in the nation."

The department is responsible for designing, building and maintaining Ohio’s nearly 20,000 miles of state, U.S., and interstate highways. Ohio has the second largest inventory of bridges, the fourth largest interstate highway system and the tenth largest highway system in the nation. ODOT also helps coordinate and develop Ohio’s public transportation and aviation programs. These include 56 public transit systems and nearly 200 public airports.

Celona is currently a legislative liaison for Governor Taft. Prior to joining the Governor’s office, he was the director of policy on Governor Taft’s transition team. In addition, he also served as research director in Governor Taft’s campaign office and was a research analyst for Ohio’s Legislative Services Commission.

Celona received a bachelor’s of arts degree in political science from the University of Notre Dame and his master’s degree in Political Science from Ohio University.