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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 9, 1999

Martinko to Head Odots Northwest Ohio Office

COLUMBUS ODOT Director Gordon Proctor today announced the appointment of Richard Martinko as district deputy director for the Ohio Department of Transportations District 2 Office in Bowling Green. Martinko has served as the districts interim director since February.

"Richs experience with the public and private sector will be a valuable asset to managing the transportation system and services ODOT provides to Northwest Ohio," Proctor said. "He understands the importance of managing costs, meeting project schedules and improving work performance."

Martinko has more than 25 years of engineering experience working in the public and private sector. He has been with ODOT for more than 13 years serving in the districts construction, traffic, testing and operations offices. In addition, he has worked for engineering management for the DeVilbiss Corporation and the Daniels Group.

"I am honored by the appointment and place a high priority on team building within and between ODOT, the public, and business communities," said Martinko. "I look forward to the challenges and opportunities that lay ahead for northwest Ohio."

District 2 includes Fulton, Henry, Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca, Williams and Wood counties. Its workforce of more than 400 people are responsible for the planning, maintenance, and construction of the state and federal highway system in the district. As district deputy director, Martinko will oversee more than 3,400 miles of interstate, U.S. routes and state highways and 900 bridges. He will also supervise ODOTs snow and ice control efforts in the region. 

Martinko received his bachelor of science in Civil Engineering from the University of Toledo. He and his wife Suzanne reside in Springfield Township. Their daughter Lindsay attends St. Ursula Academy and their son Steve attends Brown University.