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Stokes to take over as head of ITD in May

 
October 1, 2021

Scott Stokes
The Idaho Transportation Board announced today that chief deputy Scott Stokes will serve as the new director of the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) beginning in the spring of 2022. Current director Brian Ness will continue to lead the department and Stokes will serve as chief deputy until he takes the helm on May 29, 2022.

“Scott has been with ITD nearly 30 years, starting as a staff engineer designing bridges and rising through the ranks of the department,” said Transportation Board Chairman Bill Moad. “The board believes strongly in building and promoting from within and creating career path opportunities for all employees. There is no greater testament to that philosophy than what Scott Stokes has accomplished at ITD.”

Stokes has served as ITD’s chief deputy the past 15 years. He is a leading advocate of the drive to achieve zero deaths on Idaho highways by promoting driver responsibility and accountability.

“I appreciate what director Ness has meant to this department the past 12 years," Stokes said. "I am thankful for how he has helped me grow during that time and gain the valuable experience needed to lead ITD into the future. I look forward to the opportunity to take what I have learned and guide a department that fosters career advancement, innovation and delivers the best services to the citizens of Idaho.”

Scott joined the department in 1991 and served several roles, including district engineer in the Coeur d’Alene area for 11 years. He was involved in the planning and completion of several realignment projects that contributed greatly to improved highway safety in Boundary County.

“Scott shares my goal of making Idaho's transportation system as safe and efficient as possible, so we can save Idahoans' time on the road and facilitate even more prosperity within our state,” Governor Brad Little said. “He is also passionate about providing Idahoans the best level of customer service. With Scott’s extensive experience and strong leadership abilities, one of Idaho's largest agencies will be in good hands.”

Stokes will become the eighth director since ITD formed into a statewide transportation department in 1974.

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