Tamara Rollison 804-786-2715
Jan. 24, 2014
GOVERNOR TERRY MCAULIFFE NAMES CHARLES KILPATRICK VDOT COMMISSIONER AND QUINTIN ELLIOTT VDOT CHIEF DEPUTY COMMISSIONER
RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe recently announced appointments to his administration including the two top leadership positions at the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). Charles Kilpatrick, P.E., (photo) is the agency’s new Commissioner.
He previously served as VDOT’s Chief Deputy Commissioner and oversaw day-to-day operations and strategic vision.
Quintin Elliott (photo) will be the agency’s Chief Deputy Commissioner. He previously served as VDOT’s Fredericksburg District Administrator, where he oversaw construction and maintenance on more than 11,500 miles of state roads.
“Under the tremendous leadership of Commissioner Greg Whirley, VDOT focused on building accountability, getting back to the basics of business fundamentals and launching greatly needed transportation improvements,” said Kilpatrick. “I am honored to accept this position from the governor. We will continue to remember who we work for – motorists, taxpayers and the citizens of Virginia who entrust us to spend their money wisely. We will listen to their concerns to understand their perspective and needs so we can provide the right solutions to deliver an excellent transportation program.”
Raised in Fairfax County, Kilpatrick graduated from Virginia Tech in 1986 with a bachelor’s in civil engineering and is a licensed professional engineer. He began his career with Fairfax County government managing land development and public improvement project proposals. He joined VDOT’s Fredericksburg District and became resident engineer, managing and directing land development, maintenance and construction in the rapidly developing region. He also served as Statewide Resident Engineers Committee chair.
Kilpatrick left state service in 2004 to work for the Silver Companies headquartered in Fredericksburg and Boca Raton, Fla. As vice president for construction, he managed all commercial construction activities in Virginia. These projects included significant public roadway and infrastructure improvements, as well as innovative financing techniques. Kilpatrick lives in Fredericksburg with his wife, Amy, a school librarian, and their teenage children, Emily and Matt.
Elliott holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the Virginia Military Institute and started his VDOT career as a transportation engineer trainee in 1985 and was Williamsburg resident engineer between 1991 and 2001. After that he served as VDOT’s state asset management division administrator from 2002 to 2007 and as special assistant to the assistant commissioner for operations and the chief engineer in 2002.
During his VDOT career, Elliott served in the Virginia Air National Guard. He retired in 2008 as Commander of the 192 Civil Engineering Squadron and Officer in Charge of the 203 Red Horse Squadron Heavy Equipment Flight. He earned several awards and decorations for his military service, most notably the Meritorious Service Medal for his service during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Originally from Natural Bridge, Elliott is married to the former Emily Simmons of Windsor, and has a son and daughter.
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