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July 16, 2009



VDOT NAMES ACTING BRISTOL DISTRICT ADMINISTRATOR
Brittle brings nearly 40 years of VDOT service and engineering expertise


RICHMOND - Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Commissioner David Ekern, P. E., recently named VDOT veteran Ken Brittle to the position of acting district administrator for the Bristol District.

Brittle replaces James S. Givens, who retired in late June after leading the Bristol District since 2003.

“I am confident in Ken’s leadership and abilities in his acting role as district administrator,” Ekern said. “His level of expertise in transportation issues both statewide and in the Bristol District are invaluable assets to VDOT and will help ensure a smooth transition as we implement service and staffing reductions as part of the Blueprint for the Future.”

Brittle will direct VDOT’s transportation program in the Bristol District, which covers a 12-county area, including the cities of Bristol and Norton. Brittle’s key responsibilities will include managing the district’s $180 million budget, 7,400-mile highway network and a workforce of approximately 730 employees.

“I am fortunate to have spent much of my VDOT career working in the Bristol District and look forward to further serving the district in this new role,” said Brittle.

A native of eastern Virginia, Brittle graduated in 1970 from Campbell University in North Carolina and joined VDOT as the district geologist for the Fredericksburg District the same year. In 1978, Brittle worked in VDOT’s Central Office in Richmond as a materials engineer, then moved to the Bristol District in 1982 as the district materials engineer.

Since 1982, Brittle has served in the Bristol district as residency administrator for VDOT’s Abingdon Residency, district maintenance engineer and district construction engineer.

Brittle and his wife, Linda, reside in Bristol.

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