Cross Timbers is excited to announce and celebrate Chuck Tsoodle's departure as part of our staff. Wait, what? Yes – while we will miss him being part of the Cross Timbers team, we are supportive of his return to work with the Kiowa Tribe.
Chuck previously worked in tribal transportation and served as the Kiowa Tribe’s transportation director from 1992 to mid-2013 before retiring. In August 2013, shortly after Cross Timbers was formed, Chuck joined our staff, helping to oversee construction projects and lending his expertise in Tribal Transportation.
When Chuck began work for the Kiowa Tribe, he wrote funding grants for a Transportation Department, Indian Reservation Roads Program, Road and Bridge Program, Federal Transit Authority, Tribal Transit Program, and an Environmental Program. The Kiowa Tribe’s transportation department was able to purchase construction heavy equipment, build a department of transportation facility, and assist with tribal needs such as burial services and tribal member driveways.
While serving the local tribal community, Chuck saw the need to improve tribal transportation across the nation. He had vision and served on national, state, and local tribal transportation committees such as IRRPCC (Indian Reservation Road Program Coordinating Committee), TEA-21, Negotiated Rule-Making Committee, Oklahoma TTAP (Tribal Technical Assistance Program), and the Oklahoma DOT TAB (Tribal Advisory Board). He was a founding member of the OTTC (Oklahoma Tribal Transportation Council) and served as the chairman for twelve years. Chuck was a working group member for the Oklahoma Strategic Highway Safety Plan.
One of his most notable contributions is to tribal transportation safety. Chuck was on the Safety Management Steering Committee that was responsible for securing funding and establishing the National Tribal Safety Management System Implementation Plan and the Strategic Highway Safety Plan for Indian Lands.
We wish Chuck the best as he embarks on this “new” endeavor with the Kiowa Tribe. While Chuck is no longer officially part of the company, we will always consider him part of the Cross Timbers family.
Good Luck and Best Wishes, Chuck!