ODOT Hires Kris Strickler to Head Highway Division
SALEM — “As a Department of Transportation we build and maintain more than highways. Kris brings a vision and the right fit to help us deliver new ways for all Oregonians to get around – whether in a car, on a bike, in a truck, on a bus or on a trail.” That’s how Oregon Department of Transportation Director Matthew Garrett describes Kris Strickler – chosen as the next administrator of ODOT’s Highway Division. “A historic five billion dollar transportation package brings great opportunity to strengthen and enhance our transportation system – and Kris has the experience and passion to help us deliver that package on time and on budget,” said Garrett.
Kris Strickler has enjoyed a rewarding transportation career that has afforded him significant experience at every level of project and personnel leadership. He began his career designing projects on the interstate system, and spent time in the field constructing those projects as well. He brings hands on experience as well as leadership of large sections of an organization. His experience also includes private sector work consulting on large transportation projects across the country, and leading a transportation section of another firm. A few highlights of his career are:
•SW Regional Administrator for the Washington State Department of Transportation
•Director of Transportation Services for Mackay Sposito
•Director of the Columbia River Crossing project for the Oregon Department of Transportation
•Senior Project Manager and strategic advisor for HDR Engineering
•Deputy Project Director for the Columbia River Crossing project for the Washington State Department of Transportation
Strickler replaces Paul Mather, who recently retired after eight years of exemplary service leading ODOT’s largest division. Strickler begins with ODOT on October 23rd. “I loved my time serving the citizens of SW Washington, but my home is in Oregon and it’s great to be back at an organization I love, working with people who are skilled and dedicated,” Strickler said. “We’re going to have a great time, learn new and better ways of doing things, and become an even stronger organization. I’m truly excited.”
ODOT’s Highway Division has over 2,500 employees in five regions spread across the state. Their work includes planning, designing, building and maintaining Oregon’s highways and bridges, and delivering on major projects on and off the highway system.
Audio sound bites, a radio package, and an entire audio interview with Strickler is available on ODOT’s Dropbox page.