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August 20, 2018

Turnpike Authority Pulls New Director from ODOT

Tim Gatz


The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority announced Tim Gatz, current deputy director at the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, will serve as the OTA’s new executive director.

He was hired at the OTA meeting earlier this week. OTA Chair Albert “Kell” Kelly said Gatz was the best candidate.

“His work with ODOT has been invaluable, and we believe he will have a seamless transition to OTA’s current initiatives,” said Kelly in a news release.

Gatz began with ODOT in 1990 as a drafting technician and worked his way up the agency, serving as division manager of the project management division and then director of ODOT’s capital programs and information managements. He was named ODOT Deputy Director in 2013.

“We feel Tim will be a great fit for the OTA,” said Gary Ridley, Oklahoma secretary of transportation. “He’s worked on many crucial programs at ODOT during his career, including major improvements to our state’s roads and bridges.”

Former OTA Executive Director Tim Stewart left the state earlier this year to lead the toll road program in Colorado. Former OTA Executive Director and Transportation Secretary Neal McCaleb has served as interim director for most of the rollout of the current “Driving Forward” turnpike program that includes the controversial proposed Eastern Oklahoma County Turnpike. McCaleb will stay on as a consult, said OTA Spokesman Jack Damrill.

Gatz is a graduate of Oklahoma State University and is a registered professional landscape architect. He and his family live in El Reno.

Gatz will begin June 1, 2016.



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“Turnpike Authority Pulls New Director from ODOT”

  1. Teresa Orosco
    May 26, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    Neal finally found a replacement….

    • Teresa Orosco
      June 1, 2016 at 1:36 pm

      Landscape Architect? Then he should look at the Harrah landscape and see how it hideous it would look.

  2. Teresa Orosco
    May 26, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    Man with half a stash…..interesting to see what bull Tim will try to feed the Harrah & Mustang residents. Is this really your best selfie, Tim.

  3. June 1, 2016 at 5:35 pm



    What’s the difference?

    “Meet the new boss — same as the old boss…..”


  4. Patsy Starkey
    June 1, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    That’s funny Teresa. Guess he will forever be known as “Man with half a stash”. LOL I sure hope they keep his old position available, he will be needing it back in a few months. VOTE!

  5. Patsy Starkey
    June 4, 2016 at 6:33 pm

    McCaleb has not been replaced. He is just hiding in the shadows and giving orders from behind the scene. “McCaleb will stay on as a consult, said OTA Spokesman Jack Damrill”. Translation-maybe they will quit digging up the dirt and conflict of interests on McCaleb if we give them a registered professional landscape architect to check into.

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