“Scott has been with ITD nearly 30 years, starting as a Staff Engineer designing bridges and rising through the ranks of the department,” said Transportation Board Chairman Bill Moad. “The board believes strongly in building and promoting from within and creating career path opportunities for all employees. There is no greater testament to that philosophy than what Scott Stokes has accomplished at ITD.”
Current Director Brian Ness will continue to lead the department, and Stokes will serve as Chief Deputy until he takes the helm on May 29, 2022.
“I appreciate what Director Ness has meant to this department the past 12 years," Stokes said. "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."
“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,” Governor Brad Little said. “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.”
Stokes has served as ITD’s Chief Deputy the past 15 years. He is an advocate of the drive to achieve zero deaths on Idaho highways by promoting driver responsibility and accountability. Stokes joined the department in 1991 and served several roles, including District Engineer in the Coeur d’Alene area for 11 years. He also was the State Bridge Engineer early in his career.
Stokes will become the eighth Director since ITD formed into a statewide transportation department in 1974.