Jeffrey Caldwell 804-786-2715

Oct. 15, 2010

John W. Lawson, a 21-year VDOT Veteran, Selected for Top Financial Post

RICHMOND — The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has selected John W. Lawson as its new chief financial officer. 

The 21-year VDOT veteran will oversee VDOT’s $3.3 billion annual budget and will provide oversight and bring innovation to VDOT’s spending of state and federal resources.

Lawson will focus on innovative financing options that can leverage VDOT’s resources with private funding to enhance Virginia’s construction and maintenance programs. 

He will oversee the implementation of new business processes that will improve VDOT’s management of funding, and will work to streamline project financing, administrative spending, and business activities.

“We are thrilled to have this expertise, leadership and professionalism on our team,” said Gregory A. Whirley, VDOT commissioner. “John has a proven track record in financial operations, financial planning, budgeting, and financial systems, and he knows the complex world of government and transportation finance as well as anyone in the country. His leadership will be invaluable as VDOT works to improve its financial management and strives to become more efficient and effective with spending the taxpayers’ investments in transportation.”

Lawson holds an associate degree of science and arts from Rappahannock Community College, a bachelor’s in accounting from Christopher Newport University, and is a graduate of the Virginia Executive Institute. 

He worked as an accountant with Engineering Incorporated in Hampton before joining VDOT in 1987. 

He has served in several financial positions with VDOT, rising to become the director of financial planning, a position he held since 2001.

He has served in a senior advisor role to several administrations and has provided strategic financial oversight to VDOT’s senior management for more than two decades.

John and his family reside in Gloucester.


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