"Gregg has continually shown strong leadership for our department," Wieferich said. "He's a respected leader in the transportation industry who has put strong emphasis on the safety of workers and the traveling public. I look forward to continuing to work with him as we deliver an innovative and reliable transportation program."
In addition to his responsibilities as acting COO, Brunner has been the Director of the Bureau of Field Services since 2019. As the Bureau Director, he oversaw MDOT's statewide maintenance and construction, research program, emergency response, traffic and safety, Intelligent Transportation Systems program, safety and security operations, and the autonomous and connected vehicle program.
Brunner has been a long-time traffic safety advocate, currently working alongside industry partners as the Co-Chair of the Work Zone Safety Task Force and serving as a Commissioner on the Governor’s Traffic Safety Advisory Commission. He serves on the Michigan Liaison Committee for the design and construction of the Gordie Howe International Bridge and helped deliver Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s $3.5 billion Rebuilding Michigan program.
Throughout his career, Brunner has presented strong leadership qualities, holding positions as Blue Water Bridge Administrator, Associate Region Engineer - Operations, Bay City Transportation Service Center Manager, and Bay Region Bridge Engineer. He is an MDOT Director's Award recipient and is active with the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. Prior to coming to MDOT, he worked for private industry as a Design Engineer.
Brunner has a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Michigan State University and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Michigan.