CDOT names new regional director |

CDOT names new regional director

Ed Fink will replace Owen Leonard as the Colorado Department of Transportation’s director of Region 3 operations for Colorado’s Western Slope, CDOT announced on Monday.

Fink has been with CDOT for nearly 30 years, and was promoted from his position of maintenance and operations branch manager.

According to CDOT, Fink began his career as a maintenance employee with CDOT in 1974 working at the Eisenhower Tunnel, and he was promoted to tunnel superintendent in 1984. He transferred to Aurora to be the Region 1 maintenance superintendent for eastern Colorado and the I-70 corridor from Kansas to Vail in 1986.

Fink developed CDOT’s Statewide Avalanche Management Program following the loss of a CDOT worker who was killed in an avalanche on Red Mountain Pass in southwest Colorado. During his most recent position he was responsible for implementing CDOT’s Maintenance Levels of Service Program, a budget-allocation tool designed to achieve the target level of service for program areas such as roadway surface, structures, roadside facilities, snow and ice control and traffic service.

Fink has an associate’s degree in electronics digital technology from the Community College of Denver. He is the first non-engineer in the department’s history to serve as regional director.

“I’m very excited to be able to achieve this level of success, especially coming from the maintenance side of CDOT,” Fink said. “This is the greatest challenge I’ve ever undertaken. I’m fortunate to be joining the talented and dedicated employees of Region 3 and hope to continue the excellent work that they have accomplished for the Western Slope.”

Fink said he shares a similar vision with former regional director Owen Leonard, who recently retired. He said he believes that the key to success is cooperative effort between CDOT, local agencies and the community.

Fink lives in Idaho Springs, and will relocate his family to Grand Junction. He assumed his new position on Dec. 1.

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