CDOT Names New Director of Transportation Safety

March 2, 2012 - Statewide Transportation Plan - DENVER, COLORADO — Darrell S. Lingk of Arvada has been named Director of the Office of Transportation Safety for the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT).

Lingk brings more than 20 years of experience in directing and implementing environmental, health, and safety compliance programs in both the public and private sectors.  He spent nearly 12 years as Senior Director of Safety & Environmental Management and Disaster Preparedness for Qwest Corporation.  Most recently, he was Director of Environmental, Health, and Safety for Comcast Corporation.

In his new position, Lingk will direct a staff of 19 employees, including 10 in the Office of Transportation Safety, eight in the Office of Risk Management, and one in the Office of Homeland Security.  He will lead a multi-faceted program that works in the following areas:

Risk management and employee safety, which are designed to protect all of the department’s assets, including the most important of all - the approximately 3,000 CDOT employees at more than 250 locations statewide.   This area includes property and auto liability insurance, general liability insurance, and worker’s compensation.

Highway safety, under which CDOT administers approximately $7 million in federal funds and $3 million in state funds to provide programs, services, and strategies to reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries resulting from traffic crashes on Colorado roads.  These include awareness and enforcement of seat belt usage, drunk and drugged driving, work zone safety, child passenger safety, distracted driving, teen driving, and motorcycle safety.

“CDOT has an excellent safety structure in place and has demonstrated a commitment to helping ensure that every employee arrives home safely to their families and loved ones each night,” Lingk said.  “I look forward to carrying on this legacy and I hope, while working together, to help make it even better.”