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Ohio Department of Transportation

Internet News Release

February 12, 2007

2.12.07 - Strickland Appoints Director of Ohio Department of Transportation

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 Transportation.

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 Transportation

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, Alta.

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 Transportation.

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 public airports.

This appointment is subject to the advice and consent of the Ohio Senate.