Tom Sorel, the current head of the Federal Highway Administration’s division office in Minnesota, was selected by the Governor to be the new Commissioner of MnDOT. The 51-year-old Sorel, who has a civil engineering background, brings 30 years of transportation experience to the Department and will be the first engineer to head MnDOT in 22 years.
Said Sorel, who has two primary goals, “I really hope to rebuild public trust and confidence in MnDOT and the transportation community as a whole,” he said. “My second prime objective is to regenerate a spirit of innovation and creativity in the state of Minnesota.”
Sorel has led the Federal Highway Administration’s Minnesota office since 2005 and has worked for the federal department for almost three decades. He served as the Transportation Department’s liaison during the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City. He has been with the FHA since the late 1970s.
Personally, I think it is good to have an experienced professional in this important office.