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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 20, 1999
OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

CHRIS ENGLE NAMED
DISTRICT 5 DEPUTY DIRECTOR

JACKSONTOWN-- Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) Director Gordon Proctor announced late yesterday that Chris Engle has been appointed the new District Deputy Director of ODOT District 5 in Jacksontown.

 "Chris has been a valuable member of the District 5 team for several years," said Proctor. "His knowledge and experience with both the people and the projects in the area will continue the districts success into the 21st century."

 Engle replaces Mike Cope, who became deputy director of Finance and Forecasting at ODOTs Central Office in Columbus.

 "I am very excited at the opportunity of leading District 5," said Engle. "With a quality team already in place, I am confident we will be able to provide a safe and efficient transportation system for the residents of Central Ohio."

 Engle has been with ODOT for 17 years. Most recently he has served as the districts highway management administrator where his responsibilities included overseeing construction, road maintenance, and snow and ice control across the seven-county region. Prior to this, Engle served as the district construction engineer, where he managed an average of 65 construction projects annually.

 As the districts chief executive, Engle will be responsible for the planning, design, construction and maintenance of more than 110 miles of Interstate and 1,400 miles of state and U.S. routes in District 5's seven counties, including Coshocton, Fairfield, Guernsey, Knox, Licking, Muskingum, and Perry counties. He will also be responsible for the districts annual budget of approximately $57 million, which includes operating costs, new construction, maintenance and snow and ice control. District 5 currently employs 382 people.

 Engle graduated from The Ohio State University with a bachelors degree in civil engineering. He and his wife Phyllis have three children and reside in Newark.

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