Ridley Named Transportation Secretary

Gov. Brad Henry promotes Oklahoma Department of Transportation Director Gary Ridley to Secretary of Transportation. Ridley has served as the head of ODOT since 2001.
Hnery accepted the resignation of Oklahoma Secretary of Transportation Phil Tomlinson earlier. Tomlinson also serves as Director of the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority. He recently informed the governor of his desire to reduce his workload and relinquish his cabinet duties. The Shawnee resident will continue to lead the OTA, which oversees the state’s toll road system.
“Phil has worn two hats in my administration for almost seven years now, so he certainly deserves to have some additional time of his own,” said Gov. Henry. “I will miss his expertise on my cabinet, but I am happy that he has decided to remain in his leadership position at the OTA.”
Henry appointed Tomlinson to his cabinet shortly after being inaugurated in 2003. Tomlinson has been instrumental in advancing the governor’s agenda to improve the state transportation system, including the approval of record state funding commitments to road and bridge repair and rehabilitation.
“I appreciated the opportunity to serve the governor and the state as a cabinet officer, and I’m proud of our accomplishments,” said Tomlinson. “I know the cabinet post will be in good hands with Gary Ridley.”
Ridley, a registered professional engineer, has worked at the Oklahoma Department of Transportation for some 40 years, earning promotion to agency director in 2001.
“During his lengthy career in public service, Gary Ridley has done great things for the state of Oklahoma, and I’m thrilled that he has agreed to serve in my cabinet,” said Gov. Henry. “The transportation secretary is a critical position and it is important to have someone who can hit the ground running. No one knows more about Oklahoma transportation than Gary Ridley.”
Ridley will remain ODOT director and assume his cabinet secretary duties immediately. The cabinet post requires confirmation from the State Senate.

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