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Part-time liaison to oil patch selected

 By Nick Smith

A recently retired state Department of Transportation official has been tapped to serve as a part-time liaison for transportation infrastructure development in the oil patch.

Dave Leftwich was appointed by the governor last week to serve as a liaison for western North Dakota road development.

Leftwich, a Bismarck resident, retired in November from the DOT after 39 years of service. He was director of the DOT’s Local Government Division for 22 years.

State DOT Director Grant Levi said in a release Friday having someone with Leftwich’s expertise in communicating with local leaders will help the process of infrastructure build out as the state continues to experience growth.

“With the increase in traffic and transportation needs it is imperative to work closely with local units of government,” Levi said. “Dave will bring valuable expertise and dedication to western North Dakota.”

Leftwich will be based out of an office in Watford City. He’ll also travel throughout the region and work with Energy Impact Coordinator Rory Nelson.

Reach Nick Smith at 250-8255 or 223-8482 or at nick.smith@bismarcktribune.com.

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