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News and Press Releases Friday, July 15, 2022

ACHD Welcomes New Deputy Director of Development and Technical Services

The Ada County Highway District is excited to welcome the newest member of its executive team, Ryan Head. Head will serve as the Deputy Director of Development and Technical Services for the District.

Photograph of Deputy Director Ryan HeadIn his new role, Head takes on the oversight of the development services, traffic services, design and construction, and environmental departments. He is responsible for the strategic planning of a vast array of District programs involving development, capital improvements planning, roadway and bridge design, construction, inspection, traffic safety and operations, drainage facilities and stormwater quality.

Head is a familiar face at ACHD. He is a Boise native who has spent 16 years as a professional planner. He began working at the District in 2010, first as the Transportation Funding Coordinator, then as the Planning and Programs Supervisor before his most recent role as the Planning and Programs Manager.

Head holds an advanced certificate in Transportation Planning, a certificate held by only about 100 people nationally, and is a proud member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Throughout his tenure at the District, Head has been instrumental in several projects and initiatives. He oversaw the development of the Integrated Five-Year Work Plan (IFYWP) for nine years and personally led the plan development for four cycles. He created the IFYWP Annual Report, which establishes a clear vision for the transportation network ACHD is working to build out and the progress the District is making each year to get there.

ACHD's Livable Streets Performance Measures project, a first-of-its-kind guide to evaluate bicycle and pedestrian facilities, was spearheaded and launched by Head in his role at ACHD's Planning and Programs Supervisor. The project received several awards, including the APA Idaho 2021 Gem Award and the COMPASS 2021 Leadership in Government Award.

A graduate of Boise State University, he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in International Economics, and a Graduate Certificate in Community and Regional Planning.

"I am excited to see Ryan step into his new role and build upon his already successful tenure at the District," said ACHD Commission President Mary May. "I am confident his leadership, experience and passion for transportation will benefit the District and Ada County for years to come."

Head officially began serving as Deputy Director on June 24 following the retirement of the previous Deputy Director and longtime ACHD employee, Gary Inselman, who served the District for 24 years.


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