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For Immediate Release CONTACT: 217-782-6953
November 26, 2002 FAX: 217-782-8714
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DISTRICT ENGINEER APPOINTMENTS ANNOUNCED BY SECRETARY BROWN



SPRINGFIELD, IL -- Illinois Transportation Secretary Kirk Brown today announced the appointment of five district engineers to oversee highway operations in various areas around the state. The new engineers have more than 100 years of combined transportation experience.

The appointments include the first two women to serve as District Engineers in the Department's history.

Gregg Mounts of Ottawa was appointed District 2 Engineer for 12 counties in northwestern Illinois, with headquarters in Dixon. He replaces Roger Rocke who is retiring at the end of the year. Mounts is a Civil Engineer and was previously the Program Development Engineer for District 3, Ottawa. He has been with IDOT since 1980.

Diane O'Keefe of Joliet was appointed District 3 Engineer for 11 counties in east central Illinois with headquarters in Ottawa. She replaces Jim Jereb who is retiring at the end of the year. O'Keefe is a Civil Engineer and was previously Engineer of Program Development for District 1, Schaumburg. She has been with IDOT for 21 years.

Chris Reed of Springfield was appointed District 6 Engineer for 15 counties in west central Illinois with headquarters in Springfield. She is a Civil Engineer and was previously Bureau Chief of Statewide Program Planning in the Office of Planning and Programming. She replaces Vic Modeer who has been appointed District 8 Engineer. Reed has been with IDOT for 13 years.

Vic Modeer of Glen Carbon was appointed District 8 Engineer for 10 counties in southwestern Illinois with headquarters in Collinsville. He replaces Bruce Dinkheller who is retiring at the end of the year. He is a Civil Engineer and was previously District 6 Engineer. Modeer has been with IDOT for 16 years.

Tom Zerrusen of Teutopolis was appointed District 9 Engineer for 13 counties in southern Illinois with headquarters in Carbondale. He replaces Karl Bartelsmeyer who is retiring at the end of the year. Zerrusen is a Civil Engineer and was previously Engineer of Project Implementation in District 7, Effingham. He has been with IDOT for 32 years.

All of the appointments are effective January 1, 2003.

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