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FORMER SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION, ODOT, OTA DIRECTOR GARY RIDLEY TO JOIN TRUST BOARD (PRESS RELEASE)

FORMER SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION, ODOT, OTA DIRECTOR GARY RIDLEY TO JOIN TRUST BOARD (PRESS RELEASE)

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, November 13, 2018 – Transportation Revenues Used Strictly for Transportation (TRUST), an advocacy group dedicated to funding and restoring Oklahoma’s transportation infrastructure, announced today that Gary Ridley, former Oklahoma Secretary of Transportation and director of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation and Oklahoma Turnpike Authority, has joined its board of directors.  Ridley was appointed Secretary of Transportation by Democrat Governor Brad Henry in 2009 and retained by Republican Governor-Elect Mary Fallin in 2010. He served in the position until retiring in June 2017. He retired from ODOT in 2013 after 44 years of service in a variety of positions, including as director from August 2001-March 2013. He also retired as OTA director in March 2013 after serving as director since November 2009.

TRUST president Neal McCaleb, also a former Secretary of Transportation and ODOT/OTA director, said Ridley’s decades of experience and knowledge of the transportation industry will be extremely beneficial to TRUST’s mission moving forward.

“The members of TRUST and our board of directors are ecstatic to have Gary Ridley join our team as we continue to advocate for all transportation-generated revenues be used strictly for transportation purposes and not diverted to other areas of state government,” McCaleb said. “During his time at ODOT and OTA, as well as Secretary of Transportation, Gary was a level-headed voice of knowledge and experience, and played a key role in helping legislators of both parties understand the core importance that a modern and safe surface transportation system plays to Oklahoma’s economy and quality of life. He will be a tremendous asset to the TRUST team.”

Ridley commented, “I am honored to join the TRUST board of directors and the fine Oklahoma businesses, trade organizations and individuals that compose its membership. Since its inception in 2005, the TRUST mission has been straight forward; return transportation-generated revenues to transportation maintenance and construction, and they have been effective to the point of being one of the most highly respected advocacy organizations in Oklahoma. I hope, through my experience, that I can supplement their advocacy efforts in an ongoing effort to place transportation as a core function of state government.”   

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TRUST is an advocacy group dedicated to restoring Oklahoma’s transportation infrastructure.  We are committed to creating a culture within Oklahoma government that values and adequately funds transportation as a core priority. Since 2005 TRUST has grown into a diverse coalition of statewide organizations representing banking, energy, agri-business, construction, chambers of commerce, public safety, transportation and concerned citizens. To learn more please visit restoreTRUST.org. 

Contact: John Cox, TRUST communications director, 405.255.8117, jdcox@cox.net

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