The District of Columbia Council voted unanimously Jan. 9 to approve Jeff Marootian as director of the District Department of Transportation, confirming him to the CEO job he first filled on an interim basis in August.
Mayor Muriel Bowser named Marootian as acting DDOT director in October, and sent his nomination to the council for confirmation. He had been the department’s deputy director since joining it last March, after working at the USDOT as assistant secretary for administration and chief sustainability officer.
[See: D.C. Mayor Bowser Taps Marootian to Be DDOT Director Pending Confirmation]
He had led the agency since former Director Leif Dormsjo departed in August to take a private-sector job.
With the council’s action, Bowser said: “We are excited to have Jeff leading DDOT, and we’re confident that under his leadership we will continue to build a more livable, walkable and bike- and transit-friendly city for the residents and visitors of the district.”
She added that “we know that Jeff has what it takes to move the agency and our city forward.”
The mayor’s announcement said Marootian’s focus as DDOT director include advancing her “Vision Zero” initiative that aims to eliminate deaths and serious injuries to travelers by 2024, moving forward large-scale projects and increasing multimodal transit options.
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