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The Missouri Department of Transportation announced last week that Department Director Kevin Keith is taking a medical leave of absence and plans to resign later this year.
Keith has worked in the department for more than 25 years and was appointed its director in 2010. He will step down from his post immediately and will retire on July 1. The medical reason behind Keith’s departure was not disclosed.
The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission, which oversees the department, will be responsible for appointing a new director.
MoDOT’s chief engineer, Dave Nichols, will serve as the department’s interim director for at least one year while the commission decides on how to proceed with appointing a new director.
Nichols has served with department since 1984 and was appointed its chief engineer in 2011.