Tifton Gazette reporting:
Department of Transportation board members have chosen unanimously state Representative Vance Smith to take over as the department’s commissioner by June 25.
Smith, chairman of the House Transportation Committee, takes over nearly four months after board members voted to oust former Commissioner Gena Evans following allegations of ethics violations and inappropriate e-mails. The Pine Mountain Republican will give up his seat to take the full-time position.
Smith says he’s excited and anticipates challenges budget wise, but also lots of opportunity.
Evans was voted out in February following allegations of ethics violations and sending improper e-mails using state computers.
Evans beat Smith, chairman of the House Transportation Committee, for the post on a 7-6 vote in October 2007.