Golden is the choice for DOT commissioner

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Keith Golden, who’s been serving for several months as interim commissioner of the Department of Transportation, appears to be in line for appointment as the fulltime head of DOT.

A search committee of the State Transportation Board announced Thursday that Golden is the only person it is recommending for the DOT job.  The full board is expected to ratify that recommendation March 1 after a 14-day waiting period required by state law.

Golden would replace former legislator Vance Smith, who was forced to resign as DOT commissioner last September after two years in the job.

“The more we looked at the field of candidates — and there were many very qualified individuals to select from — the more we realized the best candidate for the job is already doing it,” board member Brandon Beach said.

“Commissioner Golden took office during a difficult time and has done an excellent job,” board Chairman Rudy Bowen said.  “He knows the department well; is highly regarded by the staff and the General Assembly; works well with this board; and understands Georgia’s transportation issues.”

Golden, 48, is a veteran DOT engineer who first worked in the planning division before moving to management positions in traffic engineering and operations.  He was director of operations before he was named deputy commissioner and interim commissioner last year.

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Tags: Brandon Beach , Department of Transportation , Keith Golden , Rudy Bowen , State Transportation Board , Vance Smith