Cheyenne, Wy – The leader of the Wyoming Highway Patrol
is Governor Dave Freudenthal's pick as the next director of the state Transportation Department.
Colonel John Cox was nominated this morning to become the next WYDOT director.
The 49-year-old Cox has spent the past seven years as administrator of the Wyoming Highway Patrol, overseeing some 190 uniformed officers.
Cox is a former police chief in Powell, and also worked as a Wyoming Highway Patrol officer, a police division supervisor in Douglas.
He replaces Sleeter Dover, a 29-year WYDOT veteran who is retiring later this week. Dover has led the department since 2000.