TxDOT Seeks Executive Director As Agency Faces New Challenges

TxDOT Chief Financial Officer James Bass has been selected as the agency's interim executive director. Photo courtesy Texas Transportation Commission.
The Texas Transportation Commission is now looking for a new executive director for TxDOT. The commission is looking for someone to guide the agency through a time of transition.

Transportation Commissioners are looking for someone to take over for TxDOT Executive Director Phil Wilson. After a little over two years on the job, Wilson is stepping down to become head of the Lower Colorado River Authority.

Commissioner Jeff Moseley is heading up the search committee for Wilson's replacement. 

He says they're looking for someone with the business experience to run an agency with a $10 billion dollar budget and 11,000 employees. 

They's also looking for someone who understands mobility it all its forms. 

"TxDOT went through two Sunset hearings, two sessions back-to-back, and following that there was a real sense that we were much more than simply a highway commission, that we really had a bigger value as a mobility agency."

Moseley says they need someone who can reach out to stakeholders and the public as the role of TxDOT changes to meet current needs. 

"That role is even more important today perhaps than it's been in the history of the state, due to these demands for mobility, due to population explosion, due to fracking, due to the Panama shipping lanes, and the robust economy of Mexico."

Longtime TxDOT Chief Financial Officer James Bass has been selected as interim Executive Director, but he says he doesn't want the job on a permanent basis.  

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Gail Delaughter joined KUHF in October 2008 as Saturday morning news anchor and host. A native of New Orleans and a graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University, Gail has extensive experience in Texas and Louisiana as a radio news reporter and morning show anchor and co-host...