VDOT Leadership

Charles Kilpatrick, P.E.



Charles Kilpatrick, P.E., was named Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) by Gov. Terry McAuliffe in January 2014.

Previously, he served as Chief Deputy Commissioner of the department under Gov. Bob McDonnell.

As chief deputy, Kilpatrick was the Chief Operating Officer for the agency and is responsible for both day-to-day operations and strategic direction. He was also VDOT’s representative for all highway Public-Private Partnership initiatives in Virginia.

Kilpatrick is a native Virginian, raised in Fairfax County. He graduated from Virginia Tech in 1986 with a bachelor’s in civil engineering and is a licensed professional engineer. Kilpatrick began his professional career with Fairfax County government, reviewing, and then managing, land development and public improvement project proposals in the county.  

After seven years, he joined VDOT in Fredericksburg as the assistant resident engineer. He later became resident engineer, managing and directing land development, maintenance and construction in that rapidly developing region.  

During his 10-year tenure, Kilpatrick was responsible delivering a wide range of transportation projects. He also served as the chair of the Statewide Resident Engineers Committee.

In 2004, Kilpatrick left State service to work for the Silver Companies, a major mixed-use and commercial development company headquartered in Fredericksburg and Boca Raton, Fla.  

As the vice president for construction, he managed all commercial construction activities in Virginia. These projects included significant public roadway and infrastructure improvements, as well as innovative financing techniques.

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