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Missouri Department of Transportation official Jerica Holtsclaw has been named director of the agency’s Motor Carrier Services division.
Motor Carrier Services helps carriers get the credentials and permits they need to conduct business in Missouri. The division, which helps enforce both state statutes and federal regulations, also administers registration, fuel taxes and safety programs for motor carrier companies in the state.
According to a MoDOT press release, Holtsclaw’s appointment went into effect Aug. 1. Previously, she worked as the planning and programming coordinator for MoDOT’s Transportation Planning Division, a position she took in September 2017.
Holtsclaw has held a variety of roles at MoDOT, including design liaison engineer, design support engineer and project engineer for the Safe and Sound Bridge Improvement program, an initiative to rehabilitate structurally unsound bridges. Some 8.6% of Missouri’s bridges are structurally deficient, according to the American Road and Transportation Builders Association’s 2019 Bridge Report.
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She also has worked for MoDOT as a senior project reviewer, highway designer and utilities engineer for Missouri’s Central District, which contains 11,350 miles of highway and encompasses Jefferson City.
In addition to her positions at MoDOT, Holtsclaw has worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and McClure Engineering Co.
Holtsclaw’s expertise extends past engineering. She has served on MoDOT’s Local Public Agency Strategic Vision Team and Fleet Team, as well as on the Operational Excellence Team. Based in the state’s Office of Administration, the Operational Excellence Team is meant to support the efficiency of various state government departments.
Holtsclaw earned a degree in civil engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology and remains active in the 4-H Club.
“Being a 4-H leader, I live the motto of ‘To Make the Best Better,’ ” Holtsclaw said in the press release. “I’m delighted to have the opportunity to use my diverse background to develop our employees and deliver outstanding service to our customers.”