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Local Leadership - District 5

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.

Jason Sturgeon, P.E.

Deputy Director

District 5


About the Deputy Director

Jason L. Sturgeon was appointed the deputy director of the Ohio Department of Transportation District 5 in March 2018. District 5 consists of seven counties that include Coshocton, Fairfield, Guernsey, Knox, Licking, Muskingum, and Perry. Jason manages a staff of over 300 employees who plan, design, construct and maintain a system of 3,731​ highway miles on state and interstate routes within District 5, headquartered in Jacksontown, Ohio.

Jason grew up near Somerset, Ohio, graduated from Sheridan High School, and currently resides near Somerset with his wife and two daughters. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the Ohio State University and is a registered professional engineer. Following graduation from college and several years in the private sector, Jason started his career with ODOT District 5 in 2000 as a transportation engineer.

During his 20 years with ODOT District 5, Jason has held the positions of transportation engineer in both the planning and design sections, real estate administrator, district design engineer, planning and engineering administrator, and capital programs administrator.



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


Julie Gwinn, 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 Julie Gwinn at 740-323-5100, or refer to an engineer below.

Tom Bradford, 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 Tom Bradford at 740-323-5260.

Amanda Wellman, Business Administrator

The business departments support the agency's core functions. Business functions include human resources, finance, information technology, occupational safety, and facilities. Contact Amanda Wellman at 740-323-5145.

Morgan Overbey, 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 Morgan Overbey at 740-323-5204.