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Director Victor Donoho


Victor Donoho was named director of the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) in November 2016. Donoho serves the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security (TDOSHS) by overseeing the state’s highway safety program, which works to reduce statewide traffic crashes, injuries, and fatalities by promoting highway safety education and enforcement. The THSO works in tandem with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to implement local initiatives addressing occupant protection, impaired driving, speed enforcement, pedestrian and bicycle safety, and crash data collection and analysis. Programs administered by the THSO are 100 percent federally funded.

Donoho is a native of Macon County, Tennessee, with more than 31 years of experience in state and local public safety services. Donoho began his career as an emergency medical technician for the Macon County Ambulance Service. He served in the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) from 1989 to 2016, where he began as a road trooper then earned several promotions, including roles as the assistant director/lieutenant of the THP’s Research, Planning, and Development Division and director/captain of the THP’s Inspectional Services Bureau.

Donoho is the first director of the THSO to serve under the TDOSHS. Furthermore, he is the only department employee to have been chosen to attend a one-year appointment to the NHTSA’s traffic safety leadership program in Washington, DC, where he gained specialized training in traffic safety, highway grant funded programming, and knowledge of highway safety federal funding requirements.

Due to his community perspective, Donoho believes strongly in cultivating relationships with all levels of law enforcement and government agencies. His mission for the THSO is to save lives on Tennessee roadways by strengthening partnerships and the THSO’s grant-funded programs by ensuring all initiatives are driven by evidence-based data while meeting federal regulation standards.

Donoho graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership from Union University. He is also a graduate of the Tennessee Government Executive Institute, LEAD Tennessee, and Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command. He and his wife Libby, Deputy General Counsel for the Tennessee Department of Military, reside in Nashville, Tennessee.