ATLANTA — Governor Sonny Perdue announced today that he is appointing Todd Long as the Director of Planning for the Georgia Department of Transportation. The position was created by the General Assembly this spring with the passage of Senate Bill 200. ...That District One Office in Gainesville, by the way, would be squarely in Casey Cagle country.
Governor Perdue also congratulated State Rep. Vance Smith on his appointment today as DOT Commissioner.
“We have worked closely with Rep. Smith over the years, during his service as an Administration Floor Leader and as Chairman of the House Transportation Committee,” the Governor said. “I look forward to working closely with the new commissioner and the new planning director as we address the transportation needs across the state.”
Since August, Long has served as the director of all engineering, IT and business-related projects for the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority. Before that, he spent 18 years in various positions at the DOT, including serving as division director for the both the pre-construction and administration divisions. He spent seven years at the District One office in Gainesville, rising to the position of District Engineer, managing all DOT activities in Northeast Georgia. He is a registered professional engineer and a registered professional traffic operations engineer.
Long has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in civil engineering – transportation, both from Georgia Tech. Todd lives in Lilburn with his wife Kelli and four children: Drew, Evan, Jack and Rachel.
UPDATE: From Marshall Guest, spokesman for Speaker Richardson:
The speaker is pleased Gov. Perdue announced today his recommendation for DOT's first director of planning. We look forward to learning more about Todd Long's credentials and experience when the House Transportation Committee meets to discuss whether they will confirm this candidate.No date's been set for the committee to meet, Guest said. Though I may have imagined it, I could have sworn Mr. Guest stressed the word "recommendation."