MoDOT Announces New Director
JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission announced at a news conference Thursday it has chosen Kevin Keith as the new director of the Missouri Department of Transportation. Keith has served as the department's interim director since April. He has also been chief engineer of MoDOT for nine years.
"Kevin Keith is a proven leader," said MHTC chairman Ruby Farber.
Keith is also nationally recognized for implementing a program called "Practical Design," which the commission said has saved Missouri taxpayers more than $1 billion. This program, which emphasizes the utility of a project to save money, has been implemented in many states.
The MoDOT director selection process included input from MoDOT employees and the governor's office.
About 600 people applied for the position. The list was narrowed down to 20, then to ten, and finally to a list of three. Those three finalists were interviewed by the governor, who gave his feedback to the commission for the final selection.
Keith worked for MoDot for 25 years.
MoDot hasn't had a permanent director in the seven months since Pete Rahn left in March.
Rahn stepped down after receiving a new job at HNTB, an engineering firm in Kansas City, where he is the senior vice president.