mostlycloudy
Sunday July 5th, 2015 5:07PM

McMurry named Georgia DOT Chief Engineer

By Staff
ATLANTA - A former District Engineer for the Gainesville state DOT office Thursday was named Chief Engineer for the state Department of Transportation. Russell McMurry will succeed Gerald Ross, who retires December 31.

"I am extremely pleased to have selected Russell for this critical position," DOT Commissioner Keith Golden said after announcing the appointment at a meeting of the State Transportation Board here. "He brings a wealth of expertise in many disciplines and years of experience in many facets of Department operations."

A native of Hart County, McMurry currently serves as Director of Engineering Services for Georgia DOT. He previously spent five years as the Department's District Engineer for Northeast Georgia (the Gainesville office) as well as holding several other positions in that region and on the Department's general office staff.

"Following Gerald Ross is no small task," McMurry commented. "But I feel as though I've spent my entire career preparing for this moment. I am ready for the challenges and so appreciative of the commissioner and the board giving me this opportunity."

McMurry, a licensed Professional Engineer, has worked for Georgia DOT since 1990. He is a cum laude graduate of Georgia Southern University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering Technology.

Also Thursday, Ross was honored by the Board and Department staff for his 30 years of service, which included five months in 2009 as interim Commissioner.

"Gerald's professionalism, character, charisma and integrity leave an unmatched legacy at this Department," Board Member Robert Brown noted.
© Copyright 2015 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Fiscal cliff may determine gas prices at start of 2013
Retail gas prices climb as 2012 comes to end. While gas prices are likely to rise into next year, whether or not a deal is made to avoid the fiscal cliff will determine if prices continue on an upward trend.
6:18AM ( 2 years ago )
Business News
Couch names administrative team
Ahead of his scheduled swearing in Friday, Hall County Sheriff-elect Gerald Couch named his top administrative team Monday.
6:28PM ( 2 years ago )
Tech beats Southern California in Sun Bowl
Tevin Washington threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score to help Georgia Tech beat Southern California 21-7 on Monday in the Sun Bowl.
5:54PM ( 2 years ago )
Hall Co. officials launch health-based initiative for employees
Hall County officials believe healthy county employees will be of greater service to the county. With that in mind, they have created a health-based fitness initiative to provide free fitness training for county workers.
5:46PM ( 2 years ago )
Local/State News
Greeks reject demands for more austerity in key referendum
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Voters in Greece resoundingly rejected creditors' demands for more austerity in return for rescue loans Sunday, backing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who insisted the vote would...
4:46PM ( 20 minutes ago )
Utility drones could inspect equipment, scan for outages
LITHONIA, Ga. (AP) — When tornadoes and hurricanes topple power lines in the future, flying drones might be the first to pinpoint the damage.Power companies across the United States are testing whethe...
4:21PM ( 1 day ago )
Lobby of new Brenau physical therapy school named for Ralph & Mary Cleveland
In celebration of a major gift to the Brenau University ForeverGold campaign, the lobby of Brenau's physical therapy school at the Brenau Downtown Center was dedicated Friday in memory of Ralph W. Cleveland and in honor of his wife, Mary Cleveland.
By AccessWDUN staff
2:00PM ( 1 day ago )
USDA to step up bird flu monitoring this fall; aimed at protecting poultry industry
The federal government announced plans Thursday to step up monitoring wild birds for avian influenza this fall to provide an early warning of any resurgence of a disease that devastated poultry farms in the Upper Midwest.
4:25PM ( 3 days ago )
Applications for US jobless aid rise to still-low 281,000
WASHINGTON (AP) — More people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, but the level of applications is still low and points to an improving job market.The Labor Department says weekly application...
4:15PM ( 3 days ago )