Three possible candidates for DOT secretary forwarded

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On Thursday, Gov. Rick Scott received the names of three potential candidates to lead the Florida Department of Transportation, including the department’s current chief of staff and a former North Carolina transportation head.

In response to the Dec. 2 announcement that Ananth Prasad would step down as FDOT secretary, the Florida Transportation Commission moved quickly to send the three names to Scott, who will choose Prasad’s successor.

One candidate is Jim Boxold, who has served as the agency’s chief of staff since 2013, and offers extensive state government experience. For a decade, Boxold worked as director of Cabinet affairs in the office of the Florida agriculture commissioner.

Another candidate is Gene Conti, who served as secretary of the North Carolina Department of Transportation from 2009 to 2013, as well as holding positions in the U.S. Department of Transportation from 1993 to 2001.

Connecticut engineer Arthur Misiaszek is the third candidate, as the man responsible for several Amtrak capital projects in parts of the Northeast.

At first, the commission considered eight applicants for the DOT job, including Jacksonville Republican state Rep. Lake Ray. The department narrowed the list to three.

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