Wednesday, October 19, 2011

NTTA appoints another HNTB employee after scathing external audit criticizes NTTA for its cozy relationship with HNTB

North Texas Tollway Authority appoints interim director

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By Gordon Dickson
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Copyright 2011

The North Texas Tollway Authority formally accepted last week's resignation of Executive Director Allen Clemson on Wednesday and appointed former HNTB employee Gerry Carrigan to take over on an interim basis.

Carrigan arrived at the Plano-based tollway authority about three years ago and served as assistant executive director of project delivery. In that role, he oversaw several big-dollar projects -- including the President George Bush Turnpike's eastern and western extensions and the Sam Rayburn Tollway/Central Expressway interchange -- and dealt with contractors and vendors.

Carrigan has a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Southern Illinois University and a master's degree in public administration from the University of South Florida.

The board's choice of an interim executive director with a background at HNTB comes a day after the release of a scathing external audit that criticized the tollway authority for its close relationship with the engineering and consulting firm.

But, board Chairman Kenneth Barr of Fort Worth said, "Gerry is the right person to be steady at the helm and keep the NTTA doing what it does best during this time of transition. Getting him into position will help us begin to implement changes recommended by the just-completed county review."

Carrigan's interim promotion was approved unanimously, although board member Victor Vandergriff of Arlington was absent because of a business commitment. After the meeting, Vandergriff said he supports Carrigan's hiring.

"Gerry has worked for us for several years and done a good job," Vandergriff said, adding that he expects external candidates to be considered for the permanent role.

"Hopefully, we'll do a strong national search and look for a good person," he said.

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