Thomas Sorel

Thomas Sorel was appointed director of the North Dakota Department of Transportation in August 2017 by Gov. Doug Burgum. Sorel most recently served as chief operating officer of the Minnesota Trucking Association. 

North Dakota Department of Transportation Director Tom Sorel is retiring, Gov. Doug Burgum's office announced Monday. 

Sorel's last day will be April 26. Burgum appointed him as NDDOT director in August 2017. 

Sorel was previously the Minnesota Trucking Association's chief operating officer and Minnesota's transportation commissioner. He also had a 30-year career with the Federal Highway Administration. 

In a statement, the governor thanked Sorel for his work in launching the Vision Zero initiative for zero traffic fatalities, among other projects.

“Tom’s outstanding leadership on strategic planning and embracing technology to improve customer service has left the North Dakota Department of Transportation well-positioned to excel in today’s rapidly changing transportation environment,” Burgum said in a statement. 

Sorel informed Burgum on Monday of his resignation for family reasons, according to the governor's office.

“The NDDOT is a wonderful place to work with a team that is second to none, and I’ve always felt a deep sense of pride here,” Sorel said in a statement from the governor's office.

Ron Henke, NDDOT's deputy director for engineering, will be interim director until a permanent one is found. He was previously interim director when former NDDOT director Grant Levi retired in 2017.

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