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Executive Director - Shailen P. Bhatt

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Shailen Bhatt was appointed by Governor John Hickenlooper to serve as the executive director for the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) in January 2015.  In this position, Bhatt is charged with leading the Department in planning for and addressing Colorado’s transportation needs. Bhatt will oversee 3,300 employees statewide and an annual budget of approximately $1 billion to help CDOT continue its mission of providing the best multi-modal transportation system for Colorado that safely and most effectively moves people, goods and information.

Prior to his appointment with CDOT, Shailen Bhatt served as Cabinet Secretary for the Delaware Department of Transportation.  His responsibilities consisted of managing the day-to-day operations of the state’s transportation system including transit, motor vehicles, project construction, maintenance, planning, IT and HR functions.  He was also charged with directing a billion dollar budget and nearly 2,800 employees.

Bhatt’s background includes working on transportation issues at the local, state and federal levels. 

Prior to his confirmation by the Delaware State Senate as Secretary, he served as an appointee in the Administration of President Barack Obama as Associate Administrator at the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in Washington, DC. In this role, he was charged with setting policy and managing relationships with members of Congress and leading the FHWA's efforts in reauthorizing the nation's surface transportation legislation.  At FHWA, Bhatt played a key role in establishing a Federal Highway Administration's initiative on accelerated project delivery called Every Day Counts (EDC).

Before joining FHWA, Bhatt served as a Deputy Executive Director with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) where he was responsible for advancing transportation projects and addressing regional transportation needs. During his time at KYTC, he helped oversee a record construction letting period for the state. Prior to that, he was Director of the Bowling Green/Warren County Metropolitan Planning Organization.

Bhatt also plays a leadership role in national transportation for the United States. Bhatt currently serves on the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO), Board of Directors and Chairs the AASHTO Standing Committee on Public Transportation. Bhatt was also recently named as Chair of the Executive Committee of the I-95 Corridor Coalition. He also serves on the Diamond State Port Corporation, Board of Directors, as a Commissioner for the Northeast Corridor Commission, and on the Advisory Committee for the State Smart Transportation Initiative (SSTI).

Bhatt graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Western Kentucky University.

Senior Management Team (SMT)

The Senior Management Team members are comprised of Office Directors, Division Directors, Regional Transportation Directors (RTD's), the Chief Engineer, and the Deputy Executive Director from the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT). The SMT reports directly to CDOT's Executive Director.  The purpose of the SMT is to focus on high-level policy and strategic issues as well as business improvement.

 

SENIOR MANAGEMENT TEAM MEMBERS

DEPUTY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Scot Cuthbertson

CHIEF ENGINEER
Josh Laipply

DIVISION OF HUMAN RESOURCES & ADMINISTRATION
Director: Heidi Humphreys

DIVISION OF TRANSPORTATION DEVELOPMENT
Director: Debra Perkins-Smith

DIVISION OF ACCOUNTING & FINANCE
CFO: Scott Richrath

OFFICE OF GOVERNMENT RELATIONS
Director: Herman Stockinger

DIVISION OF AERONAUTICS
Interim Director: Stanley Buck

STAFF BRANCHES
Director: Scott McDaniel

OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS
Director: Amy Ford

DIVISION OF OPERATIONS
Director: Ryan Rice

DIVISION OF TRANSIT AND RAIL
Director: Mark Imhoff
HIGH PERFORMANCE TRANSPORTATION ENTERPRISE
Director: Michael Cheroutes
OFFICE OF PROCESS IMPROVEMENT
Director: Gary Vansuch
DIVISION OF AUDIT
Director: Barbara Gold

OFFICE OF TRANSPORTATION SAFETY
Director: Darrell Lingk

DIVISION OF HIGHWAY MAINTENANCE
Director: Kyle Lester

OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
Director: Chad Ray

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