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Idaho Transporation Board


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The Board

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The seven-member Idaho Transportation Board meets once a month to oversee the operations of the Idaho Transportation Department. The Idaho Transportation Board establishes state transportation policy and guides the planning, development and management of a transportation network that is safe, efficient and enhances Idaho’s economy and quality of life. The Idaho Transportation Board normally meets six times in Boise and six times across the state annually.

Idaho Transportation Board Appointment

The governor appoints the board members, who are confirmed by the Idaho Senate. Six members represent each of ITD’s administrative districts and the seventh member is selected by the governor to serve as chairman.


Six of the seven board members are appointed to six-year terms beginning February 1. Terms are staggered so that one member’s term expires each year. The seventh member serves at the pleasure of the governor, acts as chair and casts a ballot only in the case of a tie vote. No more than four members may be of the same political party.


Members of the Transportation Board are paid $75 for each day they are involved in board related duties and are reimbursed for necessary expenses.

How to attend a board meeting or contact a board member

The Idaho Transportation Board meetings are open meetings and the public is invited to attend. For additional information, or to contact the Transportation Board, contact:

Sue Higgins
Secretary, Idaho Transportation Board
3311 W. State St.
P.O. Box 7129
Boise, Idaho 83707-1129
Telephone: (208) 334-8808
FAX: (208) 334-8195

The Idaho Transportation Board is a seven-member panel of citizens appointed by the Idaho Governor and confirmed by the Idaho Senate. The transportation board is vested with authority, control, supervision and administration of the Idaho Transportation Department.

One of the critical roles of the board is to select and fund statewide transportation projects. Improving and maintaining Idaho’s infrastructure is a key component of Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter’s vision to strengthen and diversify the state’s economy through his Project 60 initiative. Project 60 is a plan to grow Idaho’s gross domestic product and services to the world. Without a strong, efficient transportation system, this will not be possible.

The Idaho Transportation Department recognizes the link between the state’s economy and transportation investments. Our goal is to provide a mobility-focused transportation system that drives economic opportunity.

Transportation department staff is recommending and the board will now select projects based on engineering, safety and economic analyses. The goal is to increase the safety and efficiency of how people travel and goods are transported, generate jobs and business revenue and grow Idaho’s gross domestic product. Although the economy is a vital component of the department’s efforts, safety will not be compromised for economic opportunity.

My personal goal, as board chairman and a business owner, is to give good strategic guidance to the department and make sure it provides outstanding customer service, with economic opportunity as the foundation.

As we help shape the future of transportation in Idaho, we rely on input from citizens, nearly a dozen transportation advisory boards, state legislators, regulators, other government agencies, and the Governor. Ultimately, the transportation system belongs to the citizens of Idaho and travelers who depend on it to carry them safely from place to place.

Jerry Whitehead
Idaho Transportation Board

Board Members

Jerry Whitehead, Chairman, Boise

  • Native Idahoan
  • Established Western Trailers. President and owner since 1979
  • Served in the Air National Guard
  • Member of the Idaho Motor Carrier Advisory Committee from 1994-2009.
  • Past chairman of the Idaho Trucking Association and Idaho Truck Pac Inc.
  • Served on U of I National Institute for Advanced Transportation Technology Advisory committee

Appointment: Serves at the pleasure of the Governor


R. James (Jim) Coleman, Member, Hayden

  • Represents District 1
  • President of Coleman Engineering Inc. since 2004, also worked in a variety of positions at J-U-B Engineers Inc. for 26 years including president and then CEO from 1990-2004.
  • Member of the Idaho Society of Professional Engineers, has served as chairman of the Idaho Engineering Education Advisory Board and is past chairman of the University of Idaho Engineering Advisory Board.
  • Volunteered time to assist a variety of organizations including the Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce, area public schools, the University of Idaho and the North Idaho College Foundation Board.

Appointment: 2/1/07 – 1/31/13
Reappointed: 2/1/13 – 1/31/19
Counties: Benewah, Bonner,
Boundary, Kootenai,

Janice (Jan) Vassar, Member, Lewiston

  • Represents District 2
  • Member of the Public Transportation Advisory Council from 2007-2010.
  • Past city manager for Lewiston from September 1992 to February 2006.
  • Former director of Administrative Services for the city, executive assistant to the city manager, and city clerk.
  • Various community volunteer work.

Appointment: 1/31/10 – 1/31/16
Reappointed: 2/1/16 – 1/31/22
Counties: Clearwater, Idaho,
Latah, Lewis,
Nez Perce

Julie DeLorenzo, Member, Boise

  • Represents District 3
  • Co-owner DeLorenzo Consultants, real estate consulting.
  • Founding member Keller Williams Realty Boise since 1999.
  • National Association of REALTORS®: Director, Board of Directors; Chair, Federal Financing and Housing Policy Committee; member, Public Policy Coordinating Committee; member, Public Advocacy Advisory Group.
  • Past president of the Idaho Association of REALTORS®
  • Idaho REALTOR® of the Year 2003
  • Past President, Board of Directors, Women’s and Children’s Alliance.
  • Former: Boise School District Facilities Committee, Troop 100 Boy Scouts, Habitat for Humanity, Idaho Human Rights Education Center.

Appointment: 03/12 – 1/31/15
Reappointed: 2/1/15 – 1/31/21
Counties: Ada, Adams, Boise, Canyon
Elmore, Gem, Owyhee, Payette
Valley, Washington

Jim Kempton, Member, Albion

  • Represents District 4
  • Twin Falls native
  • Vietnam veteran
  • Graduated from the University of Idaho
  • Served as associate professor of physics, Air Force Academy
  • Former liaison between the Secretary of Commerce and Secretary of Defense
  • Five terms in the Idaho House of Representatives
  • Represented Idaho on the Northwest Power and Conservation Council
  • Former member of the Idaho Public Utilities Commission
  • Former chairman of the House Transportation and Defense Committee
  • Chaired the Forum on Transportation Investment
  • Former member of the Governor’s Task Force on Transportation Investment

Appointment: 2/1/12 – 1/31/18
Counties: Blaine, Camas Cassia, Gooding, Jerome, Lincoln, Minidoka, Twin Falls

Dwight Horsch, Member, Pocatello

  • Represents District 5
  • Dwight Horsch brings an extensive background in public service to the Idaho Transportation Board. A lifelong farmer in the Pocatello and Aberdeen areas, he is a former legislator and served on an advisory panel to the State Board of Education on vocational education issues. He also was a member of the Idaho Judicial Council and served on the Idaho State Soil Conservation Commission and its successor, the Idaho State Soil and Water Conservation Commission.
  • He was elected to three terms in the Idaho House (1979-1984) and a term in the Idaho Senate (1985-86).
  • Horsch also was president of the Potato Growers of Idaho and served on the National Potato Council.

Appointment: 6/1/11 – 1/31/15
Reappointment: 2/1/17 – 1/31/23
Counties: Bannock, Bear Lake,
Bingham, Caribou, Franklin,
Oneida, Power

Lee Gagner, Vice Chairman, Idaho Falls

  • Represents District 6
  • President, Homestead Development: a residential, commercial and industrial development company.
  • Broker/Owner, Re/Max Homestead Realty: a residential brokerage firm.
  • President, Homestead Construction, Inc.: a residential housing construction firm.
  • President, L & L Rentals: a property management company.
  • Served in the Idaho House of Representatives four terms, 1997-2004.

Appointment: 2/1/08 – 1/31/14
Reappointed: 2/1/14 – 1/31/20
Counties: Bonneville, Butte, Clark,
Custer, Fremont, Jefferson,
Lemhi, Madison, Teton

Schedule & Agendas


January 18, 2017BoiseHDQAgenda - January 2017
January 18, 2017Boise (129k Subcommittee)HDQAgenda (129k Subcommittee)
February 22, 2017 BoiseHDQAgenda - February 2017
March 15-16, 2017 BoiseHDQAgenda - March 2017
April 20-21, 2017LewistonDistrict 2
May 17-18, 2017PocatelloDistrict 5


January 4, 2016Boise (Adjustments Subcommittee)HDQAgenda
January 19, 2016Boise (129k Subcommittee) HDQAgenda
January 20, 2016Boise HDQAgenda
February 11, 2016Boise (Adjustments Subcommittee)HDQAgenda
February 18, 2016BoiseHDQAgenda
March 23, 2016Grangeville (129k Subcommittee)District 2Agenda
March 24, 2016GrangevilleDistrict 2Agenda
April 27-28 , 2016BoiseHDQAgenda
May 18-19, 2016PocatelloDistrict 5Agenda
June 8, 2016Boise (Special Meeting)District 3Agenda
June 15-16, 2016BoiseDistrict 3Agenda
July 27-28, 2016Coeur d'AleneDistrict 1Agenda
August 17-18, 2016RigbyDistrict 6Agenda
September 7, 2016Boise (Special Meeting)HDQAgenda
September 12, 2016Boise (Special Meeting)HDQAgenda
September 20, 2016Twin Falls (129k Subcommittee)District 4Agenda
September 21-22, 2016ShoshoneDistrict 4Agenda
October 3, 2016Boise (129k Subcommittee)HDQAgenda 
October 19-20, 2016BoiseHDQAgenda 
November 17, 2016BoiseHDQAgenda
December 13, 2016Boise (129k Subcommittee)HDQAgenda
December 14, 2016BoiseHDQAgenda


January 15, 2015Boise (Special Meeting)HDQSpec-Agenda
January 21-22, 2015BoiseHDQAgenda
January 21, 2015Boise (129k subcommittee)HDQBoise (129k subcommittee)
February 23, 2015BoiseHDQAgenda
February 23, 2015Boise (Adjustments subcommittee)HDQAgenda
March 24-25, 2015BoiseHDQAgenda
March 25, 2015Boise (Adjustments subcommittee)HDQAgenda
April 29-30, 2015LewistonDistrict 2Agenda
May 20-21, 2015PocatelloDistrict 5Agenda
June 15-16, 2015ShoshoneDistrict 4Agenda
July 23, 2015BoiseHDQAgenda
August 19-20, 2015Coeur d’AleneDistrict 1Agenda
September 16, 2015RigbyDistrict 6Agenda
October 21-22, 2015BoiseHDQAgenda
November 18, 2015BoiseHDQAgenda
December 17, 2015BoiseHDQAgenda

Meeting Minutes

Director's Board Reports


Subcommittee on Adjustments to the State Highway System
The Board Subcommittee on Adjustments to the State Highway System was established in 1996 to review requests to add mileage to the state highway system and to relinquish miles from the state’s system. After the Subcommittee considers a request, it submits a recommendation to the Idaho Transportation Board for action.

Members of the Subcommittee are Transportation Board Members Lee Gagner (Subcommittee Chairman), Dwight Horsch, and a third member to be determined for each meeting based on the agenda, the Chief Engineer, and Local Highway Technical Assistance Council Administrator. A Federal Highway Administration representative is an ex-officio member. A Deputy Attorney General, Transportation Planning Services staff, and the Executive Assistant to the Board provide assistance.

The Board Subcommittee meets on an as-needed basis. Subcommittee meetings are open to the public. Meeting agendas and minutes can be found at the “Schedules & Agendas” tab and the “Meeting Minutes” tab.

For additional information contact the Executive Assistant to the Board, Sue Higgins, at

ITD Executive Team

Idaho Transportation Department
Director – Brian Ness
A life-long transportation professional, Brian Ness became Director of the Idaho Transportation Department in 2010. He is responsible for an annual budget of around $700 million and provides leadership for 1,700 employees. He was President of the Western Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (WASHTO) in 2016. In this position, he served as a regional representative to the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Executive Committee.Director Ness currently chairs AASHTO’s Special Committee on Transportation Security and Emergency Management (SCOTSEM) and the Highway Transport Committee of the Western Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, and he is the sponsor for WASHTO’s Emerging Leaders Program. He is a nationally recognized authority on organizational realignment and speaks regularly about how to structure a more effective and accountable state government. Through his leadership with SCOTSEM, Director Ness also has become renowned for applying his organizational model to emergency management and security by completely reshaping SCOTSEM’s strategic plan.In 2013, the Idaho Transportation Department was presented the AASHTO President’s Award for Administration for the results of its realignment efforts. The department has received 63 national awards for its programs and projects including the prestigious Francois Award for Innovation since Brian joined ITD. He was honored in 2012 as the Treasure Valley Women in Transportation Leader of the Year and was distinguished at the 2014 Trine University (formerly Tri-State) Alumni of the Year. He has been a past keynote speaker at the Transportation Research Board national conference, he is an Alum and now a presenter for the AASHTO National Transportation Leadership Institute and guest teaches regularly for the Boise State University Masters of Public Administration program.Director Ness earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Tri-State University and a Master’s in Public Administration from Western Michigan University. He is a licensed professional engineer in Michigan and Idaho.Before assuming his position at ITD, he worked for 30 years at the Michigan Department of Transportation, holding a variety of positions in research, operations, aeronautics, and construction and project development. Brian ended his career in Michigan DOT as the North Region Administrator.

Chief Deputy- Scott Stokes
Scott Stokes, a 25-year Idaho Transportation Department veteran, became chief deputy in 2007 after a long tenure as district engineer in northern Idaho. As chief deputy, Mr. Stokes oversees the divisions of Aeronautics, Motor Vehicles, and Transportation Performance and has primary responsibility for much of the department’s daily operations. Mr. Stokes is chairman of the Idaho Traffic Safety Council and is intimately involved in all facets of highway safety for the department. He is a leading advocate of the drive to achieve zero deaths on Idaho highways. In support of ITD’s strategic plan, Mr. Stokes also is engaged in the department’s internal and external efforts to promote economic opportunity through transportation and to increase mobility for Idaho travelers. He is a member of ITD’s four-person executive team and reports to the director. A second-generation ITD employee, Mr. Stokes joined the department in 1992 and served as the state bridge engineer early in his career. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from Brigham Young University and worked for a private engineering firm about eight years before joining ITD.

Travis McGrath
Chief Operations Officer – Travis McGrath
Travis McGrath started with ITD in late March 2017 as the new Chief Operations Officer after a national search following Jim Carpenter’s retirement. Travis came to ITD after more than 18 years with Golder Associates, a private-sector geotechnical and environmental engineering consulting firm. For the last seven years, he served as Golder’s Pacific Northwest and Alaska Operations Leader. In that role, he was accountable for the performance of a 180-person team across multiple offices. Travis practiced in structural and geotechnical engineering early in his career, before specializing in transportation project risk assessment and risk management. He led risk assessments for a dozen state transportation agencies, FHWA, and FTA. McGrath brings a strong military background to this position. He served as a Combat Engineer officer on active duty and in the reserves for more than a decade. He led a line platoon during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, and subsequently served as a heavy-equipment platoon leader and company operations officer. He is a strong communicator and consensus builder, with proven decision-making experience and an understanding of the engineering side of operations. McGrath has a history of setting the vision and holding those around him accountable, with a passion for teamwork and continual improvement. Travis earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Seattle University in 1989, and a Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas between 1993 and 1998. He is a registered Professional Engineer.

Chief Human Resources Officer – Brenda Williams
Brenda Williams brought an extensive background in human resources to the Idaho Transportation Department in October 2013 when she became the department’s Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO).Recently, she was the Area Human Resources Manager for Republic Services (formerly Allied Waste Services), in Salt Lake City, where she provided strategic leadership for multiple states. She achieved key business objectives in the areas of development, succession planning, and performance management. Republic is a Fortune 500 company that specializes in environmental services with 31,000 employees in 40 states, including Idaho.Williams was also the Director of Human Resources for Comcast Corp., (formerly AT&T Broadband), in Salt Lake City, for multiple locations throughout the state. She was instrumental in driving employee engagement through management and employee action teams. Williams was promoted to the position after serving as Director of Staffing and Organizational Development for AT&T Broadband.

Chief Administrative Officer– Charlene McArthur
After a successful career in the private sector, Charlene “Char” McArthur assumed the position of Chief Administrative Officer at the Idaho Transportation Department in October 2013.She previously served as the Global Corporate Controller for the Fluke Corp., a Danaher Operating Company located in Everett, Wash. She was responsible for the company’s financial reporting, internal control, and managing working capital targets of more than 20 subsidiaries throughout the world. Char attributes her success to developing skilled, dedicated and engaged employees who strategically focus continuous improvement efforts on the organization’s strategic priorities.McArthur, a Boise native, graduated from Boise State University with a BBA in accounting. She has worked in both public accounting and private industry. Char is a licensed CPA.