The Kane County Division of Transportation is pleased to announce the promotion of Kurt Nika, P.E., former Chief of Permitting, to the new Assistant Director of Permitting, Traffic Operations and Programming. “The creation of a new Assistant Director position is a continuing step in KDOT's transition planning efforts for the future of the division," states Carl Schoedel, County Engineer and Director of Transportation for KDOT, “the management team has been working to address continuity of operations and to recognize our emerging leaders. Promoting Kurt offers us the opportunity to continue to develop his skills as part of the next generation of leaders here at KDOT."
Kurt has worked at KDOT for 24 years in more sections than any other KDOT employee. This experience translates to a high level of understanding of the Division's operations and policies. Kurt began his career at Kane County DOT in the Design section handling engineering contracts, bidding, IDOT coordination, etc. for various County and township projects funded with local, state, federal and MFT funds.
In 2006, Kurt became KDOT's Chief of Permitting. His experience with access control, land development, and supervision of other permit activities is extensive. In recognition of his accomplishments and experience, in 2010 Kurt was promoted to Chief of Traffic Operations & Permitting, which included oversight of the County's signal and lighting systems. As part of these new responsibilities, KDOT implemented a traffic management system and Kurt was the Project Manager overseeing the construction of the Arterial Operation Center in 2015.
Kurt lives in West Chicago with his wife and three daughters and is a big Star Trek fan (“of everything before 2009").