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Branstad names Paul Trombino as Director of the Iowa Department of Transportation

This news story was published on April 27, 2011.
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DES MOINES – Gov. Terry E. Branstad today announced that Paul Trombino III, P.E. will serve as the Director of the Iowa Department of Transportation.

“I am pleased to announce that Paul Trombino, an individual with expertise in both the private and public sector, will serve as Director of the Iowa Department of Transportation,” said Branstad. “Paul’s energy, passion for the job and diverse experience within all facets of transportation will serve him well as he leads the Iowa Department of Transportation.”

Trombino is currently the Bureau Director of Transit, Local Roads, Rails, and Harbors for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation where he administers planning, program funding and projects throughout the state.

“I want to thank Governor Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds for giving me the opportunity to serve the people of Iowa in this capacity,” said Trombino. “I will work tirelessly to move the Iowa DOT forward with its more than 3,000 employees.”

The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) is charged with overseeing the use of over 9,000 miles of roads and 4,000 bridges, leading the motor vehicle division, managing Iowa’s aviation, rail and public transit systems, and planning for Iowa’s transportation future, which plays an important part of the Iowa economy.

Trombino previously served as the Region Operations Director of the Wisconsin DOT until 2011 when he took his current position as a Bureau Director. As Region Operations Director, Trombino managed over 1,100 state employees that worked on an over $1 billion highway construction program. Trombino has also worked for the Wisconsin DOT as Bureau Director of Structures, Proposal Manager, and as a Senior Project Manager for Earth Tech in Southeast Wisconsin.

Trombino holds a Bachelor’s of Science degrees in Civil Engineering with Tau Beta Pi Honors from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Paul and his wife, Trish, have two children, Enzo and Mila.

Following the November 2010 election, Gov. Branstad asked current Director, Nancy Richardson, to continue in her role through the 2011 legislative session. Director Richardson will be retiring on Thursday, April 28.

Trombino’s appointment is subject to Senate confirmation. He will start on May 9, 2011.

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