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Local VDOT leader promoted to state role

The Virginia Department of Transportation’s Fredericksburg District leader has been promoted to the number two spot in the state.

Among numerous appointments announced on Tuesday by new Gov. Terry McAuliffe was Quintin Elliott, who will be VDOT’s next chief deputy commissioner. The governor also named the new VDOT commissioner, Charles Kilpatrick. A Spotsylvania resident who also has worked in VDOT’s Fredericksburg office, Kilpatrick moves up a notch from his current position as VDOT’s chief deputy commissioner.

“Both men have worked in VDOT’s Fredericksburg District during their careers, and they have a consistent record of working with localities to advance projects that solved entrenched congestion or safety problems,” Cord Sterling, Stafford supervisor and Commonwealth Transportation Board member, said in an email.

Elliott became the Fredericksburg District chief in July 2008. Prior to that he was the acting director in VDOT’ Culpeper office. He has held several other roles since joining VDOT as an engineer in 1985.

The Fredericksburg District covers 14 counties and has more than 11,500 miles of state maintained roads.

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