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Executive Staff Member Profiles

WYDOT Executive Staff

John Cox - Director

  • John Cox photoJohn Cox has served as director of the Wyoming Department of Transportation since January 2005. He is currently vice president of AASHTO, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, and recently completed service as vice president and president of WASHTO, the association's 18-state western region.

    John served 28 years in law enforcement, most recently as commanding officer of the Wyoming Highway Patrol from 1998-2005. In that position, he led a comprehensive reorganization of the Patrol, improving efficiency and communication, and giving more decision-making authority to supervisors in the field.

    He was chief of police in Powell, Wyo., for 10 years, and was a patrol supervisor on the Douglas, Wyo., Police Department. He began his policing career in Chadron, Neb., in 1976.

    John is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Course in Quantico, Va. He is a graduate of the law enforcement academies in both Wyoming and Nebraska. He holds a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice administration.

    He serves an instructor for Pointman Leadership Institute, a global leadership and ethics development organization.


Del McOmie - Chief Engineer

  • Del McOmie photoChief Engineer Del McOmie oversees the five field districts, and the Engineering, Planning and Operations divisions, as well as the Field Operations Program at headquarters. McOmie is a 30-year-plus agency veteran who first worked for WYDOT during the summer of 1979. At the time, he was a civil engineering student at the University of Wyoming.

    After completing his degree in 1982, McOmie went full time as an engineer in Cody. He earned steady promotions and by 1995 was serving as district engineer in Rock Springs. He was named chief engineer in the spring of 2000.

    McOmie, a past secretary-treasurer of the Western Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, is on AASHTO’s Standing Committee of Highways and chairs the work zones task force of the Subcommittee for Operations and Management. He is also is a 2004 graduate of Leadership Wyoming.

Dennis Byrne - Aeronautics Administrator

  • Dennis ByrneDennis Byrne was appointed Aeronautics Administrator in April 2008. His responsibilities include the state’s Airport Improvement Program, and he oversees the disbursement of federal-aid funds for improving airport facilities, coordinates design of airport construction and maintenance projects, and manages flight services for the governor and other officials on state business.

    Byrne graduated from the University of Wyoming in 1993 with a degree in economics, and he earned his Process Management Certificate from CSU-Denver in 2002. With WYDOT, he has served on special committees dealing with geographic information systems and strategic planning.

Gregg Fredrick - Assistant Chief Engineer for Engineering and Planning

  • Gregg Fredrick photoGregg Fredrick oversees the Bridge, Contracts & Estimates, Geology, Highway Development, Materials, Planning and Right-of Way programs.

    Fredrick first worked for WYDOT during 1980 as a temporary employee, and he returned in 1986 permanently as a bridge engineer, after earning his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Wyoming. Fredrick subsequently worked his way up through the Bridge Program, becoming state bridge engineer in 2001. He joined WYDOT executive staff in June 2010.

    He is a Cheyenne native who served in the Wyoming Air National Guard from 1987 to 1997, attaining the rank of captain. Fredrick’s professional affiliations include AASHTO's Subcommittee on Bridges and Structures, the American Institute of Steel Construction and the Wyoming Engineering Society.


Tom Loftin - Support Services Administrator

  • Tom Loftin photoTom Loftin assumed duties as WYDOT’s Support Services Administrator in August 2008. He is responsible for the agency’s Budget, Civil Rights, Compliance and Investigation, Driver Services, Employee Safety, Fuel Tax Administration, Human Resources, Motor Vehicle Services, Office Services and Training programs.

    Loftin has been with the State of Wyoming since 1982, serving with the Wyoming Adjutant General’s Office, the state Department of Revenue, and with WYDOT’s Driver Services since 1993. Leading up to this appointment, he had been the Driver Services manager since February of 2006. A career member of the military, Loftin is currently the senior enlisted advisor in the Wyoming Air Guard at the rank of Command Chief Master Sergeant.

Ken Shultz - Assistant Chief Engineer for Operations

  • Ken Shultz photoKen Shultz, who joined executive staff in April 2011, oversees several agency programs, including Enterprise Technology, Financial Services, Geographic Information Systems and Intelligent Transportation Systems, Information Technology, Highway Safety, Management Services, Procurement Services, Telecommunications and Traffic.

    Shultz, a Rawlins native, is a 29-year veteran of WYDOT. He started permanent employment as a member of a Cheyenne-based resident engineering crew, and subsequently held positions in Cheyenne as resident engineer, maintenance staff engineer and construction staff engineer. He also worked in Rock Springs as field district maintenance engineer. From 1999 until his recent promotion to executive staff, he served as WYDOT’s state maintenance engineer.

    Shultz is a 1983 civil engineering graduate of the University of Wyoming. Prior to attending UW, he earned an associate’s degree from Central Wyoming College.

Col. John Butler - Highway Patrol Administrator

  • Col. John ButlerCol. John Butler was named as administrator and commanding officer of the Wyoming Highway Patrol in May 2012.


    Butler, who was born in Douglas, is a 1978 graduate of Sheridan High School, and he subsequently attended the University of Wyoming.


    He joined the Highway Patrol as a recruit patrolman in 1985 and was initially posted in Lander. In 1998, he was promoted to supervise Division "A" based in Cheyenne. In 2003, Butler was promoted again, to captain, assuming duties as commander of WHP District 1, which encompasses Albany, Laramie and Carbon counties. In 2003, he was elevated to major, and placed in charge of field operations for the entire state. He had been second-in-command of the Patrol, with the rank of lieutenant colonel since July 2010 until his promotion to full colonel.


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