GILLETTE, Wyo. — Gov. Mark Gordon has appointed Darin Westby to be the interim director of the Wyoming Department of Transportation.
Westby was among five individuals the Wyoming Transportation Commission recommended for the position following the vacancy that followed the retirement of Luke Reiner.
Westby has served as director of the Wyoming Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources since 2016 after serving 15 years with the agency and 18 years in state government. He has more than 28 years of experience in the environmental, architectural, engineering, construction and management fields. Westby earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Wyoming. He holds a civil professional engineering license and a certificate in public management.
Gordon said that based on interviews, each of the five candidates was well-suited to lead the agency.
“Darin’s background in state government, his experience as a professional engineer and with contracting, and his previous work managing a complex state agency complete with law-enforcement personnel, made him the ideal candidate for this critical interim position,” Gordon said.
Westby said he’s excited to work with all of the agency’s commissions, programs and employees to advance the mission of supporting Wyoming’s economy by providing a safe and effective transportation system.
Dave Glenn will be the acting director of Wyoming State Parks and Cultural Resources. Glenn’s worked for the agency since 2015. He’s currently the deputy director of State Parks and oversees the Wyoming Outdoor Recreation Office.
The Wyoming Transportation Commission will continue searching for a permanent director.
WYDOT has about 2,000 employees. In addition to maintaining highways, it provides law enforcement on the roadways, motor vehicle and driver licensing services, and aviation support.