DelDOT Announces New Chief Engineer
Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) Secretary Jennifer Cohan has announced that Shanté Hastings has been selected as the new Chief Engineer for the Department and will transition to her new role on July 1, 2019.
The Chief Engineer is in charge of overseeing all of the Departments’ capital projects throughout the state. The Chief Engineer also runs the Division of Transportation Solutions which is a 450 person strong division dedicated to the operation and improvement of Delaware’s transportation infrastructure. The division strives to provide mobility options for Delaware’s citizens, improve the safety of our roadway network, reduce congestion and delay for travelers, minimize the environmental impact of our transportation system, and extend the service life of our transportation investments to get the most out of every dollar spent.
“Shanté has excelled in every role she has held with DelDOT for nearly 20 years, and I am so happy that she will serve in this critical role for the Department going forward. In addition to her talent and skills, her character and compassion exemplify what we aspire to be as a state agency that impacts the lives of hundreds of thousands of residents and visitors every day,” said Secretary of Transportation Jennifer Cohan.
“I am excited to lead our team in the delivery of transportation improvement projects and the implementation of innovation to improve travel and quality of life for our residents and all who utilize our transportation system,” said Ms. Hastings.
During her 19-year career with the Department, Shanté has served as a Project Manager, Assistant Maintenance Engineer, Chief of Performance Management, Deputy Director of Transportation Solutions, and her current role as Director of Policy and Performance. Shanté graduated from the University of Delaware in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, She also serves as the Secretary’s designee on national policy issues and is the Department’s liaison with the Federal Highway Administration. In 2013, Shanté was awarded the Young Engineer of the Year Award by the Delaware Engineering Society in recognition of her work in the field of engineering and community service.
Shanté succeeds Rob McCleary who will be retiring from the Department on June 30, 2019, after more than 30 years of service to the State of Delaware.
Shanté is a Sussex County resident and lives in Millsboro with her family.