Search Is On For Scott DOT Secretary

Editor’s Note – Rumor has it that State Senator Paula Dockery is in the running for this post.

Dockery, just so you know,  is doing everything she can to convince Scott to support Florida’s high-speed rail line.

In a Herald-Tribune article, Dockery said Florida’s high-speed rail project is justified because it requires so little state money, will have ridership in large part because of tourism, and will creating thousands of high-paying construction jobs.

She goes on to say, “Anyone who is trying to kill it is hurting all of Florida.”

I’m real curious if Dockery used that line when addressing a gathering of tea party groups in Tallahassee last week. 

For those of you who are “hurting all of Florida” by actively opposing high speed rail, it may serve your dastardly deed to let Rick Scott know your thoughts on the next DOT Secretary.  It certainly won’t advance your cause having an individual so committed to the project in that role.


From News Service of Florida;

Search Is On For Scott DOT Secretary

With Gov.-elect Rick Scott figuring to soon start announcing agency heads in his administration, the Florida Transportation Commission is beginning a search for candidates for him to consider to replace DOT Secretary Stephanie Kopelousos.

“The Florida Transportation Commission is conducting a search for an outstanding forward-thinking individual to lead and manage Florida’s Department of Transportation, an agency with over 7,100 employees and an annual budget of $6.9 billion,” the commission says in a solicitation for resumes. “This individual must be personally committed to improving the mobility and economic strength of one of the nation’s fastest growing states through effective planning strategies that support the utilization of innovative technology, finance and industry best practices.”

The commission plans to nominate three candidates for Scott to choose. Kopelousos, who was appointed in 2007 by Gov. Charlie Crist, came under fire during her tenure at the helm of the sprawling state agency when critics alleged she coded E-mails about rail projects to avoid public records requests.

Her replacement “must have a proven track record as an effective administrator who, by a combination of education and experience, possesses a broad knowledge of the administrative, financial and technical aspects of the development, operation and regulation of multimodal transportation systems and facilities,” the transportation commission said.

News Service of Florida

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