DDOT Makes Its Director Official

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Terry Bellamy, the new director of the District Department of Transportation

(Kate Hinds, Transportation Nation) DC mayor Vincent Gray today officially appointed Terry Bellamy the director of the District Department of Transportation. Bellamy, who has been with the agency since 2008, had been acting as DDOT's interim director since Gabe Klein departed the office a few months ago.   WAMU's David Shultz reports that Bellamy says his priorities will be roughly the same as his predecessor's.  "Many of the programs and activities that we've been doing have been planned for over 20 years and we'll continue to carry that forward," Bellamy says.

From the mayor's official press release (which also covers another mayoral appointment):

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) — Mayor Vincent C. Gray announced today that he has selected Terry Bellamy as the permanent director of the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) and David Miramontes as the Medical Director for D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services (FEMS).

Mr. Bellamy has served as the department’s Interim Director since the start of the Gray administration. Dr. Miramontes is an emergency medicine attending physician, faculty, and EMS director at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, a Level I trauma/burn center and emergency department in Toledo, Ohio.

“Both of these men are experienced and distinguished in their respective fields,” said Mayor Gray. "Terry Bellamy is a proven professional who has demonstrated innovative leadership at every level and has done an effective job moving DDOT forward as Interim Director. David Miramontes is a newcomer to the District, but has extensive medical expertise and experience with government agencies and emergency medical services.”

Terry Bellamy has worked at DDOT since 2008. He played a key role in the receipt and successful execution of $123 million in federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding for recent District transportation capital projects. Before joining DDOT, he served for eight years as the Bureau Chief of Transportation, Engineering and Operations with the Arlington County, Va., Transportation Department. He has also held leadership positions in both Fayetteville and Greensboro, N.C. During his tenure in Greensboro, Bellamy worked on the creation of the Greensboro Transit Authority and the city’s Long Range Transportation Plan. Earlier in his career he was recruited by Johnson C. Smith University as interim director of the school’s Department of Urban Studies & Community Affairs.

Mr. Bellamy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from North Carolina A&T University, a Master of Urban Studies and Community and Regional Planning from Iowa State University, and an Executive Certificate from Pennsylvania State University’s Executive Management Program for Transportation and Highway Engineers. He lives in Ward 6.