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State Transportation Board makes Golden permanent GDOT commissioner

The State Transportation Board has made Keith Golden, the interim Georgia Department of Transportation commissioner, its permanent choice for the position.

Golden, 48, has served on an interim basis since September 2011, said GDOT Spokesman David Spear.

A search committee of the board recommended Golden as the sole candidate for commissioner on Feb. 16, Spear said. State law mandates a 14-day waiting period before the selection can be settled, he explained.

“I am honored that the board has shown this confidence in me,” Golden said. “I have spent 25 years ... at this department. I have tremendous respect and admiration for the staff and the work they do every day.”

He said the State Transportation Board and GDOT encounter challenges in preserving and enhancing Georgia’s transportation system.

Through a team effort with Gov. Nathan Deal, the Georgia General Assembly and the state’s congressional delegation, GDOT will maintain Georgia’s transportation infrastructure as the best in the U.S., he said.

“When Keith [Golden] accepted the position of acting commissioner last year, he took on a difficult task during a trying time,” said Rudy Bowen, chairman of the State Transportation Board.

Bowen said Golden’s performance has been outstanding and that he collaborates well with the board, which operates the GDOT.

Golden began his career at GDOT in planning, and had various management positions in traffic engineering and operations, Spear said.

Golden was director of operations for the department before he assumed the position of deputy, and interim commissioner last year, he added.

Spear said Golden represents GDOT in numerous groups, including the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Subcommittee for Traffic Engineering, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Committee for Safety Management, and the National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices.

Golden is a registered professional engineer and has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.