|(a) Executive director.
(1) The commission will elect an executive director
for the department who shall be skilled in transportation planning
and development and in organizational management. The executive director,
as the chief executive officer of the department, is authorized to
administer the day-to-day operations of the department. The executive
director may hold that position until removed by the commission.
(2) To assist in discharging the duties and responsibilities
of the executive director, the executive director may organize, appoint,
and retain such administrative staff as he or she deems appropriate,
including the chief financial officer of the department.
(3) The executive director shall:
(A) serve the commission in an advisory capacity, without
(B) submit quarterly, annually, and biennially to the
commission detailed reports of the progress of public road construction,
public and mass transportation development, and detailed statement
(C) hire, promote, assign, re-assign, transfer, and,
consistent with applicable law and policy, terminate staff necessary
to accomplish the roles and missions of the department;
(D) notify the chair of grounds for removal of a commissioner
if the executive director knows that a potential ground for removal
exists, or, if the potential ground for removal relates to the chair,
notify another commissioner;
(E) under the direction and with the approval of the
commission, prepare a comprehensive plan providing a system of state
(F) perform other responsibilities as required by law
or assigned by the commission.
(4) The executive director may, consistent with applicable
law, delegate one or more of the functions listed under paragraph
(3)(B) - (F) of this subsection to the staff of the department.
(b) Department staff. The staff of the Texas Department
of Transportation, under the direction of the executive director,
is responsible for:
(1) implementing the policies and programs of the commission
(A) formulating and applying operating procedures;
(B) prescribing such other operating policies and procedures
as may be consistent with and in furtherance of the roles and missions
of the department;
(2) providing the chair and commissioners administrative
support necessary to perform their respective duties and responsibilities,
(A) assigning staff to assist commissioners;
(B) providing necessary office space and equipment;
(C) furnishing in-house legal counsel;
(D) providing all information and documents necessary
for the commission to effectively perform its responsibilities; and
(E) preparing an agenda under the direction of the
chair, providing notice, and transcribing commission meetings and
hearings as required by the Texas Open Meetings Act, Government Code,
Chapter 551; and
(3) performing all other duties as prescribed by law
or as assigned by the commission.
(c) Divisions. Consistent with commission direction
provided under §1.1(b)(1)(Q) of this subchapter, the executive
director shall organize the department into headquarters operating
divisions and offices reflecting the various functions and duties
assigned to the department, and shall designate a division or office
director who shall administer each division or office.
(1) District office. The department is divided into
geographical districts, each containing one district office. Each
district is administered by a district engineer who is a registered
professional engineer and is appointed by the executive director.
(2) Area office. A district contains one or more area
offices, each of which is responsible for carrying out the department's
primary functions at the local level for a designated geographical
area. Each area office is normally administered by an area engineer
who shall be a registered professional engineer.
(3) Project office. A district may contain one or more
project offices, which is normally responsible for a specific project
within an area.
|Source Note: The provisions of this §1.2 adopted to be effective February 23, 1993, 18 TexReg 890; amended to be effective August 23, 1996, 21 TexReg 7664; amended to be effective July 19, 1998, 23 TexReg 7241; amended to be effective March 19, 2000, 25 TexReg 2161; amended to be effective January 8, 2004, 29 TexReg 226; amended to be effective December 8, 2005, 30 TexReg 8178; amended to be effective January 7, 2009, 34 TexReg 65; amended to be effective December 10, 2009, 34 TexReg 8793; amended to be effective May 20, 2010, 35 TexReg 3850; amended to be effective September 15, 2011, 36 TexReg 5945; amended to be effective February 20, 2014, 39 TexReg 997