Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways Superintendent Awarded March of Dimes Leadership in the Public Sector Award

Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways (DoTH) Superintendent Jennifer ‘Sis’ Killen was awarded the March of Dimes 2021 Leadership in the Public Sector Award during their annual Construction and Transportation Awards luncheon this afternoon. Industry companies, organizations and individuals were honored during the ceremony.

“March of Dimes is an organization that is dear to my heart. My mom was an active member for many years growing up,” said Killen. “I’m honored to be chosen for the leadership in the public sector award. The County’s accomplishments and improvements made toward transportation-related projects year after year is an effort I am incredibly proud to play a role in.”

Killen was appointed superintendent of DoTH in April of this year. She is the first female superintendent in the department’s 108-year history.

Killen started her career at the County as Bureau Chief for DoTH’s Transportation and Planning section where she oversaw the traffic, project studies, programming, agreements and right-of-way divisions. In 2013, she was promoted as the first female assistant superintendent of DoTH where she assisted the superintendent with all department functions, overseeing six bureaus that perform planning, design, construction, maintenance and administrative activities. Killen also co-led the completion of the department’s first long-range plan in over 75 years, creating a multimodal policy framework to guide transportation investments.



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