WYDOT Executive Staff


K. Luke Reiner - Director

GeneralReiner.jpgRetired Maj. Gen. Luke Reiner became the 18th director of the Wyoming Department of Transportation in March 2019. Gov. Mark Gordon recently appointed Reiner to the position.

Reiner recently retired as the Adjutant General for Wyoming. In that position he directed the Wyoming Military Department in Cheyenne where he was responsible for formulating, developing and coordinating all policies, plans and programs that affected more than 3,000 Army and Air National Guard members. He was also responsible for the Wyoming Veterans’ Affairs Commission and the Oregon Trail State Veterans’ Cemetery.

Reiner began his military career as an enlisted soldier in 1982, serving in the Nebraska Army National Guard. He received his commission from the University of Nebraska’s Reserve Officer Training Corp program in December 1986 before transferring to  the Wyoming Army National Guard where he served as a part time soldier while working as a CPA in Casper, Wyoming.  He joined the Active Guard and Reserve program in 1991 and served in multiple positions throughout his career.  

Reiner served as commander of Camp New York, Kuwait, during Operation Iraqi Freedom II and commanded the Wyoming Army National Guard’s 115th Fires Brigade, during which time he was instrumental in the unit’s successful transformation to a new modular design. He also served as the chair of the National Guard Field Artillerymen Advisory Committee.  Reiner also previously served as the chief of the Joint Staff at the Wyoming National Guard Joint Force Headquarters.

During his time in the military, Reiner was honored for his work. He received the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Services Medal (with three Oak Leaf Clusters), National Defense Service Medal 2nd Award, and the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal Global, among others.

Reiner’s educational background includes:

  • 2015 CAPSTONE, Fort McNair, Washington, D.C. 
  • 2014 Kenan-Flagler Business School, Army Strategic Leadership Development Program, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • 2009 Advanced Joint Military Professional Education, Joint Staff College, Norfolk, Virginia
  • 2005 U.S. Army War College, Master of Strategic Studies, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania
  • 2001 Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
  • 1999 Master of Public Administration, University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming
  • 1986 Bachelor of Arts, Business, Accounting, Concordia Teachers College, Seward, Nebraska
  • 1986 Bachelor of Science, secondary education, Concordia Teachers College, Seward, Nebraska

Mark Gillett - Chief Engineer

GillettMark.jpgWYDOT officials appointed Mark Gillett as Chief Engineer in June 2020. As Chief Engineer, he is responsible for the Planning, Design, Construction and Operation of the state’s surface transportation system.

Prior to serving as Chief Engineer, Gillett was Assistant Chief Engineer for Operations, a position he served in from October 2016 through June 2020. As assistant Chief Engineer for Operations, Gillett was responsible for all five districts in the field; and the State Construction, State Maintenance, Highway Safety, Traffic Design/Operations, Equipment, and Facility programs in Cheyenne.

Gillett also served as WYDOT’s District Engineer for District 4 from 2000 to 2016. District 4 is based out of Sheridan and provides services for the northeast part of Wyoming.

Gillett started working for WYDOT in May 1980 as an engineer I in Gillette. After that, he served as Resident Engineer in Lovell, Resident Engineer in Cody, Maintenance Staff Engineer in Cheyenne and District Maintenance Engineer for District 4 in Sheridan.

Gillett was born and raised in Rapid City, S.D. He received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.
 


Dennis Byrne - Chief Financial Officer

byrneDennisColor.jpgDennis Byrne is responsible for the financial and risk management operations of WYDOT. Those duties include the development of a financial and operational strategy, metrics tied to that strategy and the ongoing development and monitoring of control systems designed to preserve WYDOT assets and report accurate financial results.

Byrne previously served as the WYDOT Aeronautics administrator, a position he held from 2008 to 2016. In that position, Byrne was responsible for the state’s Airport Improvement Program, oversaw the disbursement of federal-aid funds for improving airport facilities, coordinated design of airport construction and maintenance projects, and managed flight services for the governor and other officials on state business.

Byrne graduated from the University of Wyoming in 1993 with a degree in economics, and he earned his Process Management Certificate from CSU-Denver in 2002. With WYDOT, he has served on special committees dealing with geographic information systems and strategic planning.

Taylor Rossetti - Support Services Administrator

taylorColor.jpgTaylor Rossetti was appointed as the WYDOT Support Services administrator effective July 2016 and oversees Compliance & Investigation, Driver Services, Human Resources, Motor Vehicle Services, Office Services and the Training programs.

He began with the Wyoming Department of Transportation in 2007. Originally hired as a transit specialist, he held multiple positions within the Office of Local Government Coordination prior to being named the Local Government Coordinator in 2012.

Rossetti is a Rock Springs native and graduated from the University of Wyoming with a degree in health sciences. He has worked for non-profits, in sales, and was a branch manager for a finance company prior to his WYDOT career.

Troy Babbitt - Chief Technology Officer

TroyBabbitt2.jpgTroy Babbitt was appointed WYDOT’s Chief Technology Officer in 2019 and oversees the department’s Emergency Communications/Telecommunications, GIS/ITS/TMC and Information Technology/Data Storage/Web Applications programs. In addition, Babbitt was designated by Gov. Mark Gordon as the 911 coordinator for the state of Wyoming. 

Babbitt brings extensive experience to the position, having worked in several technology positions throughout his 30-plus-year-government career.

Most recently, Babbitt served as WYDOT’s Emergency Communications Program Manager, a position he held since Dec. 1, 2016. Emergency Communications, previously known as  Telecommunications, oversees WYDOT’s phone, cell, modem systems, WyoLink radio network and infrastructure, microwave network, radio roadside network and statewide field technicians. As program manager, Babbitt also served as the statewide interoperability coordinator (SWIC) and Wyoming’s FirstNet state point of contact (SPOC) as designated by Gov. Matt Mead.

Before WYDOT, Babbitt served as the broadband enterprise architect in the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) with the Enterprise Technology Services (ETS) agency for the state of Wyoming. In that position, Babbitt assisted with the expansion of broadband connectivity across the state with internet service providers.

Some of his accomplishments include broadband expansion for the Wyoming Unified Network (WUN), assisting WYDOT and service providers in getting new fiber access routes in the interstate right-of-way corridors, assisting with Mead’s annual broadband summits and participating in speaking engagements educating statewide leaders and the public of broadband importance, status and future opportunities. 

Prior to serving as a broadband enterprise architect, Babbitt worked for the state Department of Administration and Information as a communications system senior specialist, a position he held for 12 years.

In addition, Babbitt served in the U.S. Navy as an aviation electrician’s mate with Patrol Squadron 26 in Brunswick, Maine.

Babbitt has a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Wyoming. He is a fourth-generation Wyoming native and was born and raised in Laramie.  

Babbitt also shoots professional sports photography for USA Today and the University of Wyoming. His wife, Heather, is also a dedicated State employee at the Dept. of Health and they are empty nesters with two daughters and a son-in-law.


Brian Olsen - Aeronautics Administrator

OlsenBrianColor.jpgBrian Olsen was appointed Aeronautics administrator in May 2018. He oversees the distribution of state and federal funds for airport development through the state’s Airport Improvement Program, the design of airport construction and maintenance projects, air service development through the Air Service Enhancement Program, and manages flight services for the governor and other officials on state business.

A Rawlins native, Olsen earned a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Wyoming in 2002. He started his engineering career at the Wyoming Department of Transportation in the Bridge Program. His interest in aviation led him to a position with The Boeing Company in Seattle, Washington, in 2004 as a structural engineer on the 747 program. In 2008, he returned to the Bridge Program and subsequently to the Aeronautics Division in 2010.

In his spare time, he enjoys spending time outdoors and traveling with his three children and wife.

Col. Kebin Haller - Highway Patrol Administrator

HallerKebinColor.jpgCol. Kebin Haller became administrator and commanding officer of the Wyoming Highway Patrol in September 2015.
 
Haller, a graduate of Rawlins High School, holds an associate's degree in business from Casper College and a bachelor's degree in administration of justice from the University of Wyoming. He is also a 2006 graduate of the FBI National Academy.
 
Before joining the Highway Patrol, he was deputy director of the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI). Haller began his law enforcement career in 1991 as a police officer in Rawlins. In 1997, he joined DCI, serving a Special Agent in Green River and Riverton, before his promotion to deputy director and move to Cheyenne in 2003.
 
Haller is an executive board member of the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, a past president of the Wyoming Peace Officers Association, and serves on the Wyoming Public Safety Communications Commission, as well as on the International Association of Chiefs of Police State and Provincial Executive Board.

Keith Fulton - Assistant Chief Engineer for Engineering and Planning

FultonKeith.jpgKeith Fulton oversees the Bridge, Contracts & Estimates, Geology, Highway Development, Materials, Planning and Right-of-Way programs as WYDOT’s assistant chief engineer for engineering and planning.

Fulton previously served as the state bridge engineer from 2010 to 2016.

Fulton first worked for the Wyoming Highway Department during the summer of 1989 as a temporary employee based in Laramie. He joined the department on a permanent basis in early 1992 as an engineering analyst in the Bridge Program at Headquarters.

Fulton later served as a principal bridge engineer and then as assistant bridge engineer. Altogether, he has more than 30 years of service with the state, mostly with WYDOT.

A Riverton native, Fulton earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from the University of Wyoming. 

His professional affiliations include the Wyoming Engineering Society and the Cheyenne Engineers Club.  He and his wife Tracy enjoy traveling and spending time outdoors with their two daughters.
 


Vacant - Assistant Chief Engineer for Operations