Mayor Karl Dean’s director of healthy living is heading to the Tennessee Department of Transportation to serve as the department’s chief of environment and planning.
Adetokunbo “Toks” Omishakin will begin his position next week, according to TDOT spokeswoman B.J. Doughty. The department made the announcement last week.
“TDOT is very fortunate to have Toks Omishakin as our new chief of environment and planning,” TDOT Commissioner John Schroer said in a statement. “Toks’ expertise in transportation planning will be a tremendous asset to the department, and I am confident he will lead our efforts to be an environmentally sensitive agency.”
Omishakin, who previously held the position of bicycle and pedestrian coordinator in the Mayor’s Office, leaves a vacancy with his exit.
Dean press secretary Bonna Johnson said the intention is to fill the opening. She did not have a timeframe of doing so.
Promoting a healthy lifestyle has become a major policy initiative for Dean following Metro’s landing of $7.5 million in federal funding to improve active living and health eating.
Dean has challenged Nashvillians to compete in a 5K run on Nov. 13. Earlier this year, he challenged citizens to walk 100 miles along the city’s greenways.