Governor Announces Nationwide Search For Transportation Commissioner

From Gov. Kaine's office:


RICHMOND - Governor Timothy M. Kaine today announced that the recruiting firm Korn/Ferry International of Washington D.C. has been selected to conduct a nationwide search for a transportation leader to serve as commissioner of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).

Korn/Ferry International is expected to take 45 days to search for an initial field of candidates, who will be interviewed by Governor Kaine, the Secretary of Transportation, and a bipartisan recruitment team, including the leadership of the Virginia Senate and House of Delegates. The final selection of a VDOT commissioner is expected this spring.

"We are launching a nationwide search for a transportation professional who will continue our significant VDOT reforms, and oversee a new era in the way we develop and improve Virginia's transportation network," said Governor Kaine. "This search will be done in a professional and bipartisan manner to make sure we get the very best person for the job - a commissioner who can serve multiple governors."

VDOT delivered 82 percent of its construction contracts on time and 88 percent within budget through the first half of  fiscal year 2006 (July 1, 2005 - Dec. 31, 2005), demonstrating continued improvement compared to last year's numbers.

Korn/Ferry International facilitated the recruitment of former Commissioner Philip A. Shucet in 2002, who oversaw the implementation of significant business reforms within the agency before returning to the private sector in July 2005 after three years at the helm of VDOT. Since that time, Gregory A. Whirley, a Certified Public Accountant, 17-year VDOT veteran and the agency's Inspector General, has served as Interim Commissioner.

The VDOT commissioner will be responsible for continuing ongoing business reforms while accelerating additional modernization of the agency, in addition to implementing Governor Kaine's goal of better integration of transportation planning and local and regional land use.  The commissioner will supervise the agency's 9,100 full-time employees.

By  |  February 2, 2006; 2:34 PM ET  | Category:  Government , Transportation
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