Transportation Secretary Paul Mattox stressed that the department has taken steps to improve efficiencies, including reducing personnel by 10 to 12 percent since 2005, allowing it to shift an additional $108 million a year to road construction.
However, insiders say the DOH is in shambles administratively, with "acting" personnel in charge of numerous districts and divisions.
Among them, David Bodnar, acting director, engineering; Ryland Musick, acting director, programming; Richard Warner, acting director, planning: John McBrayer, acting director, human resources: R.J. Scites, acting District 1 manager; Tom Badgett, acting District 6 manager; and <B>Ameche Watson, acting office services director.
Transportation spokesman Brent Walker said there's no way to avoid having people serving in acting positions, noting, "It's what happens when you have changes in management positions. It kind of ripples down."
When DOH human resources director Jeff Black retired, that necessitated moving District 1 manger McBrayer into that office, and Scites into District 1, Walker said.
Finally, despite all the inefficiencies, DOH had enough resources available to send a 16-member delegation to the Southeastern Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (SASHTO) annual conference Aug. 24-28, at the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, N.C.
In addition to meetings and technical sessions, activities included a reception at the Biltmore House, a golf tournament, and an Asheville Tourists baseball game featuring dinner in the ballpark's picnic area.
West Virginia attendees were: Mattox, Harry Bergstrom, Darrell Allen, Keith Chapman, Greg Bailey, Ron Smith, Todd Rumbaugh, Kyle Stollings, Karen Zamow, Musick, Denise Gould, Kathy Bowe, Dan Sikora, Aaron Gillispie, Marvin Murphy, and Tom Smith, who is West Virginia Division director for the Federal Highway Administration.
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