Columbus, Ohio Ohio Governor Ted Strickland and Transition
Chair Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman announced today the
appointment of Brown County Engineer James Beasley, P.E.,
P.S, as the director of the Ohio Department of
Jim understands that an efficient and reliable
transportation network contributes to and enhances economic
growth, Strickland said. I am confident that he will not
only be a tremendous leader in developing and maintaining
safe roads for Ohioans, but will guide the department in a
way that helps create jobs.
Ive known Jim for more than 30 years, Strickland said.
And I know without a doubt that he has the character
and integrity needed to manage this crucial department.
Beasley will begin his duties March 5. His appointment marks
Stricklands 17th cabinet appointment.
ODOT is critical to Ohio's future, connecting our cities,
counties, businesses and citizens to the world, and we've
found someone who understands this complex system and can be
a great team player as Governor Strickland's cabinet gets
working to turn around Ohio, Mayor Coleman said.
James Beasley, director of the Ohio Department of
James Beasley, 57, has served as Brown County Engineer since
1980. In this role, Beasley has supervised all public
improvements and maintenance of the countys highway system,
including all safety projects, and the design, construction
and maintenance of bridges, roads and culverts.
Prior to becoming Brown County Engineer, Beasley worked as
the countys deputy engineer from 1975-1979. He served as
the sole proprietor for Beasley Engineer and Surveying from
1975-1984 and worked for the Ohio Department of Natural
Resources from 1973-1975.
Beasley graduated from Ohio State University in 1972 with a
bachelors degree in civil engineering and earned his
masters degree in hydraulic and hydrologic engineering from
Ohio State University in 1973.
Beasley has served two separate terms as vice chair and
chair of the District 15 Ohio Public Works Committee. He has
been awarded a life membership by the Township Trustees
Association of Brown County and has received an Award of
Merit for Outstanding Accomplishments in Resource
Conservation from the Brown County Soil and Water
Conservation District. In 2000, he was recognized by ODOT
for Covered Bridge Preservation.
Beasley resides on a farm outside Georgetown with his wife,
I am eager to work with our states various regions and
cities to ensure that all Ohioans have access to a quality,
statewide transportation system, Beasley said. This
cooperation is absolutely necessary to ensure that economic
development and job creation in every part of the state
remain key priorities of the Ohio Department of
As the director of ODOT, Beasley will earn an annual salary
of $124,758, the same amount as the previous director.
The Ohio Department of Transportation oversees Ohios $2.1
billion annual transportation program. The department is
responsible for designing, building and maintaining Ohios
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 10th largest
highway system in the nation. ODOT also helps coordinate and
develop Ohios public transportation and aviation programs.
These include 56 public transit systems and nearly 200
This appointment is subject to the advice and consent of the