ATLANTA – Harold E. Linnenkohl, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Transportation since September 2003, has announced his retirement, effective November 30, 2007. Commissioner Linnenkohl was appointed to his position in 2003 by majority vote of the State Transportation Board, capping a 39-year career at the Department. ...
“I am proud,” stated Linnenkohl, “to have worked with the wonderful employees of this Department -- they are true public servants. It has been my privilege to work for quality transportation solutions during this exciting time in Georgia, and I appreciate the guidance and help of Governor Perdue, the members of the State Transportation Board, the General Assembly and the traveling public toward our goal to provide a safe and efficient transportation system for this state.”
It's longer than that, with a lot of positive things about Linnenkohl. But of course the more interesting issues are:
- What will he do now? Former commissioner Tom Moreland, for example, went on to run Moreland Altobelli Associates, Inc., which is one of the DOT's busiest, if not the busiest, contractors.
- Who's going to replace Linnenkohl? And what will his or her philosophy be?