Tennessee DOT chief engineer named deputy commissioner

|  August 26, 2011 |

Paul Degges

Paul Degges, chief engineer for the Tennessee DOT, has been named deputy commissioner for the agency

Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Chief Engineer Paul Degges, P.E., has been named as the agency’s new Deputy Commissioner.

Degges, who has been with TDOT 24 years, will continue to serve in his role as chief engineer for the department.

“In addition to his talents as an engineer, Paul Degges is a strong leader who knows the operation of TDOT and knows how to assist in the management of a large agency and complex issues,” said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer in a written statement. “This is a well-deserved appointment and I look forward to working with Paul to serve the people of Tennessee.”


Since assuming the position of Chief Engineer in 2003, Degges has overseen the awarding of more than 2,800 projects with a construction value of more than $5.6 billion.  Degges began his career with TDOT immediately following his graduation from Tennessee Technological University in 1988.  During his time with TDOT he has served as Assistant Chief Engineer, Region III Director, Region III Assistant Director, Assistant Director of Construction for Region IV, and supervisor in the Hydraulic Design and Permitting Section of TDOT’s Structures Division.  In 2008, Degges was named “Government Engineer of the Year” by the Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers.


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