JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Dave Nichols was elevated from interim director of the Missouri Department of Transportation to permanent director on Tuesday during a meeting of the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission.
"Dave Nichols has the talent, skills, and experience needed to be a successful leader for MoDOT," Commission Chairman Joe Carmichael said in a press release. "The commission has unanimously agreed that a prolonged search for a new director was unnecessary, as the right person for the job was already here."
Nichols assumed the interim director position after the resignation of Kevin Keith, who left MoDOT on March 21 for a medical leave of absence.
Nichols has been with the department for more than 29 years, holding a variety of leadership roles in the department, including his work as chief engineer and as the department's first director of program delivery. He also served as district engineer for the department's Northwest District headquartered in St. Joseph and worked in MoDOT's Kansas City District.
"The commission has full confidence in Dave's ability to tackle the significant transportation challenges Missouri is facing," Carmichael said.