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Ohio Department of Transportation Internet News Release


Thomas OLeary Named ODOT District 3 Deputy Director

ASHLAND Ohio Department of Transportation Director Gordon Proctor announced today the appointment of Thomas OLeary as District Deputy Director of ODOTs District 3 office in Ashland.

 Tom has proven throughout his career to be a successful administrator, an innovator and a creative problem-solver, said Proctor. These are the traits that will make Tom a great addition to ODOTs leadership team. 

OLeary, formerly the executive director of the Ohio Rail Development Commission (ORDC), has a diverse background of experience, including serving previously as president of the Board of Commissioners as a Crawford County commissioner, city councilman in the city of Galion, and as the governors regional representative for economic development in north central Ohio. OLeary will take his new district post January 24.

 I am excited to lead ODOT District 3 and to provide the best possible customer service to the citizens of north central Ohio, said OLeary. It is an honor to serve Director Proctor and Governor Taft in this capacity.

 Among his duties in his position at the ORDC, OLeary developed and implemented rail safety programs, planned and implemented public and private investments for infrastructure improvements, conducted extensive public involvement activities related to the recent Norfolk Southern/CSX rail merger, and conceived and administered the ORDCs revolving loan fund. 

As the chief officer of District 3, OLeary will be responsible for the planning, design, construction and maintenance of more than 4,000 lane miles of state, interstate and US routes in the districts eight counties, including Erie, Lorain, Huron, Medina, Crawford, Richland, Ashland and Wayne counties. He will also be responsible for the districts annual budget, which includes operating costs, new construction, maintenance, and snow and ice control.

OLeary earned a masters degree in public administration and a bachelors degree in history, both from The Ohio State University. A resident of District 3, OLeary lives in Galion, Ohio.