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Local Leadership - District 1

Deputy Director

The district deputy director assists in strategic planning, short and long term goal setting, performance measurement and policy development and deployment on both the statewide and districtwide level. The deputy director also represents and communicates the activities, views and policies of the department with representatives of local, state and federal agencies, elected officials of local, state and federal governments, consultants, contractors, vendors, the news media and the general public.

Chris Hughes, P.E.

Deputy Director

District 1


About the Deputy Director

Chris Hughes was appointed deputy director for ODOT District 1 in March 2019. As deputy director, he oversees all operations in maintaining the state highway system within the eight-county district serving northwest Ohio.

Hughes began with ODOT in the Van Wert garage as summer help after graduating high school, and worked as an intern in the District 1 planning department throughout college at Ohio State. After graduating in 2006 in civil engineering, he began full time working in traffic and safety engineering. In 2000, he began working as a project engineer on projects such as the U.S. 24 expansion, district campus facility project, and the I-75 reconstruction and widening project in Findlay. In 2017, Hughes was named the district’s first capital programs administrator prior to his appointment as deputy director.

He values the relationships the district has with its transportation stakeholders and asks that you engage us with any transportation needs you have in your community.



The deputy director relies on the following staff members to manage operations within major administrative areas.


Rob White, P.E., Capital Programs Administrator

The capital programs department manages the planning, engineering, and construction of projects along the state's transportation system, overseeing the complete project development process from beginning to end. Major work areas includes planning, preliminary engineering, environmental engineering, final engineering, real estate and right-of-way, local projects, and construction. For information on major projects in your area, visit the project feed. Contact Rob White at 419-999-6901, or refer to an engineer below.

Rod Nuveman, P.E., Highway Management Administrator

Highway management includes all county maintenance forces. This department is responsible for all routine maintenance operations on state highways, including mowing, pothole patching, and snow and ice removal. For local garage contact information, click here. Contact Rod Nuveman at 419-999-6891.

Chris Hardesty, Business Administrator

The business departments support the agency's core functions. Business functions include human resources, finance, information technology, occupational safety, and facilities. Contact Chris Hardesty at 419-999-6815.

Cheri Newton, Public Information Officer

The public information office ensures timely communication of ODOT's news, events, and projects to the public and the media. For current ODOT news, visit the news feed. Contact Cheri Newton at 419-999-6803.