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August 3, 2017 11:15 AM, EDT

D.C. Mayor Appoints Jeff Marootian as Interim DDOT Director

District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser appointed Jeff Marootian as DDOT’s interim director to fill the shoes of its current director, Leif Dormsjo. Marootian has been with DDOT since March as the deputy director and, before that, served as assistant secretary for administration with the U.S. Department of Transportation during the Obama administration.

Marootian (U.S. DOT)

Other notable positions under the transportation umbrella for Marootian include White House liaison for President Barack Obama’s transportation agenda, as U.S. DOT’s chief sustainability officer and as customer service officer for DDOT.

In Dormsjo’s resignation announcement last week, he said he will be transitioning to a position with a private engineering firm, focusing on infrastructure asset management.

“I just decided that I wanted to begin the next stage of my career,” Dormsjo said, according to an article in The Washington Post. He leaves DDOT with two years under his belt as director. “It’s never a perfect time to transition, but we’ve accomplished a lot at DDOT over the last few years,” Dormsjo said.

The transition of power will take place Aug. 11.