Governor Branstad has hired an administrator from Wisconsin’s Department of Transportation to be the new chief of the Iowa D.O.T. Paul Trombino has been the bureau director of transit, local roads, rails and harbors for Wisconsin’s D.O.T..
He takes over from Nancy Richardson, who retires Thursday. She has worked in state government for 37 years, spending the past 29 in the D.O.T. The agency has more than 3,000 employees and oversees maintenance of over 9,000 miles of roadway in Iowa. The D.O.T. also issues drivers licenses, maintains over 4,000 bridges and helps manage the state’s airports.
Trombino earned a civil engineering degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwauke and a degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Trombino, who is scheduled to start at the Iowa D.O.T. on May 9th, must win confirmation from two-thirds of the state senate to keep the job.