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New face joins ODOT's legislative team as veteran retires
ODOT’s senior management is undergoing important changes, as Chief of Staff Joan Plank retires and Betsy Imholt takes over managing Government Relations.

Betsy Imholt
Betsy Imholt has taken over as Government Relations Manager, a post vacated when Robin Freeman took a job at the League of Oregon Cities.  Imholt has worked for ODOT since 2004. For the last several years she has worked in the Rail Division as Operations Manager, where she led the division’s projects and planning efforts.  Since September, Betsy had filled in as Interim Rail Division Administrator. Prior to joining the Rail Division, Betsy led ODOT’s Road User Fee Pilot Program to replace the gas tax with a mileage based fee and worked for the Oregon Legislature for twelve years.

Joan Plank, ODOT’s Chief of Staff, will retire in March after more than 35 years with the agency.  Before being named Chief of Staff by Director Matt Garrett in 2006, Plank served as ODOT’s Government Relations Manager for more than a decade.  She started her ODOT career at the DMV shortly after high school and worked full-time while getting her Bachelor’s degree in business administration from PSU.  She also worked in the state’s tourism program when it was part of ODOT and served as a grant manager in the Public Transit Division.
Joan Plank