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Local Leadership - District 4

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.

Gery Noirot, P.E.

Deputy Director

District 4


About the Deputy Director

Gery Noirot, P.E., is the District 4 deputy director.

Gery has over 26 years of transportation experience in both the private and public sectors. While working in the private sector, Gery managed multiple third lane construction projects and major bridge projects on the Ohio Turnpike, as well many major new design projects for the Ohio Department of Transportation.  

He has spent the last 19 years of his career at the Ohio Department of Transportation in District 4.  He spent the first three years as the District 4 major new projects manager.  

The following seven years Gery was the Mahoning and Trumbull County area construction engineer, where he helped oversee the $91 million I-80/Meander Reservoir pavement and bridge replacement project.  He then served an additional seven years as the district’s consultant manager and spent a year and a half as the district's capital programs administrator.  

Gery is a graduate of the University of Akron with a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering and is a registered professional engineer in the State of Ohio. 

Gery resides in Manchester with his wife Melisa and their four children.  



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


Chad Root, Capital Programs Administrator

The capital programs department manages the planning, engineering, and construction of projects along with the state's transportation system, overseeing the complete project development process from beginning to end. Major work areas include 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 Chad Root at 330-786-3162, or refer to an engineer below.

Bob Pallo, 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 Bob Pallo at 330-786-2218.

Lori Best, Business Administrator

The business departments support the agency's core functions. Business functions include human resources, finance, information technology, occupational safety, and facilities. Contact Lori Best at 330-786-2240.

Ray Marsch, 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 Ray Marsch at 330-786-2208.