Golden Passes Audition At GDOT

Keith Golden, formerly in charge of signs, potholes and right-of-way maintenance at Georgia’s Department of Transportation, is the sole finalist to become Commissioner of that Department on March 1st. Given the recent history of Commissioners at GDOT, the fact that the commissioner operates without a contract and can be fired at will by a majority of the members of the DOT board, we have to ask “What did the guy who got first place get?” The AJC has the all the details, but here are a few of them. Golden is an engineer who’s been serving as interim commissioner since last September. His performance during that time has impressed Jim Cole, who sat on the Board’s search committee: “I think he’s been doing a great job,” said Cole. “I’ve been very pleased.”

Golden has another supporter in Governor Nathan Deal, who issued the following statement late yesterday:

Keith Golden brings years of experience to this critical job, but he also brings vision and leadership,” Deal said. “Relieving congestion in the metro areas and improving our infrastructure throughout the state are key to economic development and increasing Georgians’ standard of living. In his term as interim commissioner, Keith Golden has proven himself as an able partner willing to work with me to get Georgians moving again. We have every reason to believe his nomination will gain approval from the full board. I appreciate the chance to continue working closely with him.”

Apparently, Mr. Golden has passed his audition. Congratulations and best of luck.

5 comments

  1. The Last Democrat in Georgia says:

    In other words, Mr. Golden passed his “audition” because GDOT has sunken to the point where no one else wants the job. Being Commissioner of GDOT has virtually become known as a potentially career-killing move that both competent and incompetent potential candidates alike avoid like the plague.

    Best-of-luck to Mr. Golden because he is really going to need it. Here’s to hoping that he can turnaround or at least stabilize that disturbingly troubled government agency that is of the utmost importance to the economic well-being of this state.

    • Dave Bearse says:

      Known as career killing how? One termination (maybe two if you count Linnenkohl) does not a reputation make. Gena Evans was muscled into the Commissioner’s job by Perdue. She seems to have used that experience to have moved on to a quire comfortable position.

      • The Last Democrat in Georgia says:

        “Known as career killing how?”

        …..see FORMER State Senator and GDOT Commissioner Vance Smith for more details (after his stellar “performance” as Commissioner of GDOT, voters in the Columbus area ain’t exactly gonna be demanding his return to public office anytime soon).

        “Gena Evans was muscled into the Commissioner’s job by Perdue. She seems to have used that experience to have moved on to a quire comfortable position.”

        Gena Evans may have moved on to a seemingly “comfortable” position “leading” the State Road and Tollway Authority, but as director of one of the most hated government agencies in state history who was installed in her position by a governor who is regarded by many to be one of the absolute worst, if not arguably the worst, governor in state history, one can infer that Ms. Evans would not likely be a hot property as the potential public face of any entity in Georgia, public or private, after her days at the much-maligned SRTA draw to a close.

        Then again…

        Incompetent government bureaucrats do very much tend to look after their own, so don’t be surprised if Ms. Evans lands on her feet at some equally or greater completely dysfunctional state transportation agency (may I humbly suggest CalTrans in the great state of California) or as a tone-deaf advocate at some crazy off-the-rails right-wing transportation think tank that wants to charge tolls on turn lanes at four-way stops or whatever wildly-unpopular whacked-out idea they can come up with to trick mindless bureaucrats and clueless politicians into further antagonizing anxious and overstressed motorists.

      • The Last Democrat in Georgia says:

        Being Commissioner of GDOT may not have been a career-killing move in the past and may have even been a highly-regarded position with lots of power (see highly-regarded past GDOT Commissioners such as Tom Moreland and Wayne Shackelford), but these days the job has devolved into something that is pretty much considered to be radioactive.

        As an aside, I wonder how many potential candidates other than Golden actually interviewed for the “open” position?

        “Keith Golden, formerly in charge of signs, potholes and right-of-way maintenance at Georgia’s Department of Transportation, is the SOLE FINALIST to become Commissioner of that Department on March 1st.”

        Oh yeah, sole finalist likely means that there were no other candidates for the “job”.

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