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Idaho Transportation Department has a new director

By: - October 19, 2021 3:58 am
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Scott Stokes will take the helm of the Idaho Transportation Department after current director, Brian Ness, retires. (Courtesy of Idaho Transportation Department)

Scott Stokes will become director of the Idaho Transportation Department next spring, with the retirement of current Director Brian Ness.

ITD announced the leadership change on its website this month.

“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,” Idaho Gov. Brad Little said in the announcement. “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.”

Ness will continue as director, and Stokes will continue to serve as chief deputy until taking over on May 29.

“I appreciate what Director Ness has meant to this department the past 12 years,” Stokes said in the announcement. “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.”

Stokes has been an ITD employee since 1991. He was a district engineer in North Idaho and state bridge engineer, before serving as chief deputy for the past 15 years.

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Audrey Dutton
Audrey Dutton

Audrey Dutton, senior investigative reporter, joined the Idaho Capital Sun after 10 years at the Idaho Statesman. Her favorite topics to cover include health care, business, consumer protection issues and white collar crime. Dutton hails from Twin Falls. She attended college at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, and received a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University in New York City. Before coming home to Idaho, Dutton worked as a journalist in Minnesota, New York, Maryland and Washington, D.C. Dutton's work has earned dozens of state, regional and national awards for investigative reporting, health care and business reporting, radio journalism, data visualization and much more.

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