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Ridley takes on turnpike directorship

Ridley takes on turnpike directorship

Transportation duties increase
MICHAEL MCNUTT, Capitol Bureau The Oklahoman

October 30, 2009


Oklahoma’s transportation secretary, who heads the state Transportation Department, will also be in charge of the state’s turnpike system. The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority on Thursday named Gary Ridley to serve as the authority’s director. He begins his new duties Sunday. He succeeds Phil Tomlinson, who has been the Turnpike Authority’s director since 2003. Tomlinson, 71, said he will make another attempt at retirement. He was a retired real estate developer when Gov. Brad Henry asked him in January 2003 to serve on his Cabinet as transportation secretary. Tomlinson was hired as the Turnpike Authority’s director about six months later. This will be the first time in 10 years that one person has filled all three positions. Neal McCaleb last served in all three posts in 1999. Ridley will receive a salary increase, from about $117,500 to $133,200. The Transportation Department and the Turnpike Authority will split paying Ridley’s salary and benefits.

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1. Nancy Bolzle wrote:
Congratulations, Gary!

Fri, October 30, 2009 @ 3:39 PM

2. Kent Pharaoh wrote:
Congratulations to Secretary of Transportation, Gary Ridley, for his appointment to Director of the Oklahoma Turnpike Authoriy. It is gratifying to know that Oklahoma's transportation system is in competent hands.

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