Danny R. Wells
Following 4 years as a High School teacher and coach, Danny, in 1986, began a distinguished 32-year State of Colorado career. First, in commercial vehicle enforcement with the Colorado Port of Entry where he rose to the position of Deputy Chief of the Agency. Along the way he managed officers in every supervisory position within the organization with over 70 officers in his direct chain of command. He served as the agency's lead in creation of administrative rule, agency policy, legislative liaison (which included writing statute and testifying for the department in front of legislative committees) and being the agency's point of contact for legislator's inquiries.
His other duties included representing the agency in the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) and involvement of Colorado's first ever online truck bypass system, a computer business system which linked weigh station facilities located across the state where he led the effort for the first ever Colorado-New Mexico joint Port of Entry. While still being involved in courtroom testimony, the nature of the cases had changed considerably. Rather than being the primary case prosecution witness the cases now were primarily personnel hearings and cases which involved actions filed against the agency.
Danny performed every type of existing CVSA (Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance) truck safety inspections including training other officers to do the same. He was intricately involved in the creation of a training film for FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) on the performing of Level VI (nuclear/radiological) inspections. Danny also gained considerable experience in courtroom testimony.
In 2010, Danny moved to the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) where he directed the Oversize Overweight Permit Unit. This included serving as CDOT’s primary contact on all issues related to trucking, administrative rule making, increased levels of legislative involvement, and continued courtroom testimony in personnel cases and legal courtroom testimony as an expert witness for the prosecution. Danny secured the funding allowing CDOT to purchase its first automated online permitting and routing system through Promiles Software Development Corp. At CDOT, he represented Colorado as a member of the HELP, Inc. Board of Directors, the Vice-Chair of CVSA's Size and Weight Committee, Chair and Vice Chair of the Western Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (WASHTO) Committee on Highway Transport and a Regional Chair for the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Sub-Committee on Highway Transport.
Upon his retirement from CDOT, Danny quickly became a successful, highly sought after Transportation Consultant counting among his clients the Evergreen Safety Council, the Colorado Department of Transportation, Promiles Software Development Corporation where he later was named Vice President of Government Relations, Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association, Pit Row Transportation Solutions, Nu Gen Services, and continued involvement with CVSA, AASHTO, WASHTO and the other three regional transportation associations. Danny is also part owner of Pit Row Legal Solutions LLC, providing services including expert witness testimony, training in many facets of specialized transport, and consulting services in the specialized transport arena.