CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Gov. Joe Manchin today announced that Paul Turman, deputy secretary of the West Virginia Department of Transportation, is returning to the private sector and his own real estate development business effective Sept. 4.
“Paul brought a wealth of experience and knowledge from the private contracting industry to the Department of Transportation and the Division of Highways,” Manchin said. “In the time he has served the agency, we’ve been able to accomplish far more for far less taxpayer money by incorporating his business philosophy into the planning and decision-making process.”
Turman and Transportation Secretary Paul Mattox led the Department of Transportation in establishing a six-year plan for highway construction projects and let to contract more than $500 million in construction projects each year during his tenure. County highway budgets have increased by more than $25 million each year, as well.
The Transportation department improved its budgeting process and expenditure forecasting by coordinating with contractors and has saved money and operated more efficiently by reducing inventory and equipment without cutting services to any agency.
Mattox said that Turman has been a real asset for development of the state’s highway infrastructure. “Because of the management system Paul has helped us to put in place, and through running the department like a business, we have a tremendous track record for contracts that have been let and awarded,” Mattox said.
Turman said he has been honored to serve in his position and that he is proud of the accomplishments and efficiencies put in place the last few years. “I think we have established priorities and goals that will remain in effect for years to come,” Turman said. “I’m eager to spend more time with my family and to return to my business; however it has been an honor and a pleasure to work for the governor and people of West Virginia.”
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