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.