Dennis “Hoot” Hollingsworth retired from the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) effective January 1, 2014. Hoot had 29 years of service with MoDOT at the time of his retirement.
Hoot began his career with MoDOT in July 1976 as a construction assistant at the Perry Project Office. The Corp of Engineers then had a building built that would be used as the Florida Project Office and Hoot would work from this office. In 1981, Hoot would leave MoDOT, but would then return again in 1990 as a construction technician. Throughout his tenure, Hoot would receive promotions, and become a senior construction inspector, the position from which he retired. Throughout this time, he would move from the Florida Project Office to the Bowling Green Project Office, and finally to the Mexico Project Office. When MoDOT reorganized in 2011, the Mexico Project Office would close, and Hoot would make one more move to the Hannibal Project Office.
After retirement Hoot plans to spend more time with his family, especially spoiling the grandchildren. “My wife is also working on compiling a ‘honey do’ list to keep me busy,” he said with a smile.
Hoot and his wife Lisa currently reside in Paris, Missouri. They have two daughters: Michelle Hollingsworth of Columbia, MO, and Ashley Morgan of Paris, MO. They have also been blessed with two grandsons.
For more information, contact the MoDOT Northeast District Customer Service Center toll-free at 1-888-ASK MoDOT (275-6636). The center is open Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.