North Dakota DOT Director submits resignation; cites "family obligations" in California

(Fargo, ND) -- North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum has announced the resignation of North Dakota Department of Transportation Director Bill Panos. Burgum is thanking Panos for his serivce, after Panos submitted his resignation effective September 9th. Panos cites "family obligations in his home state of California". NDDOT Deputy Director of Engineering Ron Henke will serve as interim director.

Burgum appointed Panos as NDDOT director in August 2019, Panos had most recently served as Wyoming’s DOT director.

“Under Bill’s outstanding leadership, the Department of Transportation has made significant progress in many areas including traffic safety, strategic planning and improved access for constituents, especially to online services,” Burgum said. “We are deeply grateful for his service, which has positioned the NDDOT for success in an environment of rapid technological change and significant infrastructure investment in North Dakota and across the nation. We wish him all the best in the future and respect his commitment to his family," said Burgum. 

“It has been an amazing journey serving NDDOT for the last 3 years. I am enormously proud of the accomplishments of our NDDOT team. This family of engineers, planners, mechanics, accountants, administrators, technicians, creators, and innovators have redefined our culture and expanded who we have helped,” Panos stated in his resignation letter, adding, “I ask you to understand that my decision comes after months of reflection on my family needs and personal goals and at no cost to my hopefulness for North Dakota’s future or the impact I know it can have. The state is transforming, and Team ND will play a fundamental role in shaping it," said Panos.