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Davey Official ImageCalling him a bold leader and a friend who will be missed in the Administration, Governor Deval Patrick today announced the resignation of MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey, effective November 1.

Governor Patrick also announced his appointment of Highway Administrator Frank DePaola as Acting Secretary and CEO for MassDOT for the remainder of the Governor’s term.

“Rich Davey has been a key member of my team and one of the finest transportation leaders the Commonwealth has ever had. He has been instrumental in our work to provide every region of this state with a safer, more efficient transportation system, a growing economy and a better quality of life,” said Governor Patrick. “I thank him for his service and wish him every good thing in the future.”

Davey is the longest-serving Transportation Secretary since 1997. Prior to taking the helm at MassDOT in September 2011, Davey served as the General Manager of the MBTA and is the former General Manager of the Massachusetts Bay Commuter Rail Company, the Commonwealth’s former commuter rail provider. Under Secretary Davey’s leadership, MassDOT became a more fiscally-responsible, efficient agency. Davey was responsible for continuing implementation of Transportation Reform, merging agencies and eliminating duplication, waste and inefficiency.

Davey oversaw an end to the 23-year practice at MassDOT of paying day-to day-expenses on the state capital budget, freeing up funds for more transportation infrastructure projects. He continued to deliver projects faster than ever before under the Accelerated Bridge Program and other innovative construction techniques that allowed bridges to be replaced in days instead of years. And he used technology to improve customer service and satisfaction, launching the Go Time real-time traffic system, MBTA countdown clocks and All-Electronic Tolling on the Tobin Bridge.

During his time as Secretary, Davey made it a priority to be always accessible to the public and an avid consumer of the public transit system he oversaw. The Secretary attended over 100 public meetings, was a prolific user of Twitter and rode the MBTA system an estimated 2,000 times over four years. He met regularly with transportation advocates and stakeholders and encouraged his staff to do the same.

“It has been the greatest joy and honor of my career serving as Transportation Secretary over the last three years,” said Davey. “I am deeply appreciative of the Governor for giving me the opportunity to serve and for being so supportive of our work. Thanks to the Governor’s leadership, we’ve stood up to the challenges of hurricanes, tornados, blizzards and a terrorist bombing. Together, we’ve shaped a new, reformed department focused on safety, customer service, our employees, fiscal responsibility and innovation. And, we’ve renewed the public’s confidence in transportation by investing wisely in projects and initiatives all across the state – projects and initiatives that are creating jobs, improving the quality of life for our fellow citizens and ultimately leaving the Commonwealth better off than when we found it.”

Davey is departing government to spend time with his wife, travel abroad and explore new career opportunities.

Frank DePaolaAdministrator DePaola, who has successfully led the MassDOT Highway Division since April 2011 will replace Davey. DePaola is a civil engineer who worked for two years as the Assistant General Manager for Design and Construction at the MBTA prior to his appointment. He has vast experience in government and infrastructure, having worked for the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, Boston Water and Sewer Commission and Harvard University. He holds an MS in Civil Engineering from Northeastern University and a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. DePaola lives in West Bridgewater with his wife.

“I have the utmost confidence in Frank and am glad he has agreed to step up and fill this critical post,” said Governor Patrick. “Frank is a level-headed leader and creative problem solver who has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to safe transportation for the people of Massachusetts.”

“I thank the Governor for his trust in me and for giving me the opportunity to serve in this capacity,” said DePaola. “We will continue to ensure our entire transportation network best serves the people who rely on it as we have done throughout the Administration.”

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