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.
John Picuri, P.E.
About the Deputy Director
John Picuri has over 20 years of engineering experience in state, county and local government. He was appointed the deputy director for ODOT District 12 in April 2019 where he is responsible for overseeing a current capital improvement program of more than $800 million in the greater Cleveland area covering Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga counties.
John previously served the Akron/Canton and Youngstown/Warren areas as District Deputy Director of ODOT District 4 where he was responsible for overseeing an annual capital improvement program of more than $300 million.
He has a Bachelor’s Degree in civil engineering from Youngstown State University and a Bachelor’s Degree in surveying and mapping from The University of Akron and is a licensed professional engineer in Ohio, Pennsylvania and North Carolina.
The deputy director relies on the following staff members to manage operations within major administrative areas.
Mike Kubek, 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 Mike Kubek at 216-584-2127, or refer to an engineer below.
- Gary Benesh, P.E., Planning Engineer, 216-584-2108
- Ben Kruse, P.E., Design Engineer, 216-584-2121
- Lou Mincek, P.E., Construction Engineer, 216-584-2221
Dave Paponetti, 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 Dave Paponetti at 216-584-2260.
Nequinne Chielo, Business Administrator
The business departments support the agency's core functions. Business functions include human resources, finance, information technology, occupational safety, and facilities. Contact Nequinne Chielo at 216-584-2260.
Brent Kovacs, 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 Brent Kovacs at 216-584-2006.