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Matt Garrett to remain ODOT Director

Posted by on February 16th, 2011 at 9:52 am

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Matt Garrett, Director of ODOT.
(Photo © J. Maus)

Last month, we wondered whether Governor Kitzhaber would make a personnel change at the most powerful position inside the Oregon Department of Transportation. This week the Governor announced a slew of changes atop various agencies — but ODOT wasn’t one of them. Read the email below that was sent from ODOT Director Matt Garrett to his employees about the news…

“I wanted you to know that I have received notice from Governor Kitzhaber that I will remain as director of ODOT.

As I told Governor Kitzhaber, I have been extremely proud to have led this organization for the past five years. I illustrated for him what you have accomplished in administrative efficiency, customer service and project/program delivery. You have a well-earned reputation for delivering huge programs like OTIA and the multimodal investment of ConnectOregon on time and on budget. Our work is very important because it affects thousands of Oregonians across the state every day. Your reputation and performance have favored me in this decision.

I thank Governor Kitzhaber for his trust and confidence in me and in us. Together we will accomplish much more. I appreciate what you do every day.”

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  • peejay February 16, 2011 at 10:02 am

    Boo. They guy’s bad for Oregon, and even if you agree with his philosophy, he’s bad at what he does. Unless what he should be doing is spending millions on wasted consulting and engineering fees.

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  • Ted Buehler February 18, 2011 at 12:40 am

    Darn. It was time for a change.

    Ted Buehler

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