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New Chief of Staff joins ODOT
Director Matt Garrett has appointed Dale Hormann of the Oregon Department of Justice to fill the position of Chief of Staff, which was vacated at the end of February when Joan Plank retired.

 Though Hormann comes from outside ODOT, he has decades of experience serving ODOT as legal counsel. Hormann graduated from Willamette University College of Law in 1979 and was hired by Oregon DOJ in the same year. He worked for Oregon DOJ for almost 35 years—and he has worked with ODOT and its divisions for 32 of those.  He was the first legal counsel to the Oregon State Lottery in 1983, and he has also been counsel to Aviation, Parks and Recreation and DAS Procurement, among others. Hormann started as Chief of Staff on March 1.
The Chief of Staff represents the department at key levels and helps maintain relationships internally within the agency and with other agencies and stakeholders.  The position also manages the units assigned to the Office of the Director, such as Government Relations, Employee Safety and Office of Civil Rights.