DOT commissioner keeps job

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ATLANTA -- Embattled Transportation Commissioner Gena Evans appeared likely to hold on to her job as the State Transportation Board took no action today following a lengthy closed-door session.

Evans' status was one of the main topics of discussion during a two-hour private meeting called to handle legal and personnel issues. The first female to lead the department has come under fire for alleged conflicts of interest and tawdry e-mails revealed in a series of media reports.

Board members largely declined to comment on the meeting beyond reiterating that the panel took no action. While the gathering was technically a committee meeting, only one board member didn't either attend the meeting or participate by phone.

Most of the allegations have centered on romantic relationships between Evans and coworkers or state contractors when she worked at the Georgia Building Authority and the Georgia State Financing and Investment Commission.

"I think there was pretty much a consensus that those things happened a number of years ago (and) it wasn't under the jurisdiction of the DOT," said board Chairman Bill Kuhlke This is the second time in seven months that board members have decided to keep Evans despite questions about the intersection of her private relationships and public duties. In April, then-board Chairman Mike Evans resigned his post to pursue a romantic relationship with the commissioner, then Gena Abraham. The board voted to retain Gena Evans, and she and Mike Evans were married in September.

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patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 11/13/08 - 06:26 pm
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Who is attacking this woman

Who is attacking this woman with all of this petty stuff? She seems to have many political enemies.

whynot2
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whynot2 11/13/08 - 07:08 pm
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Shes does because she is

Shes does because she is trying to do away with the good ol boy system GDOT has had for years.

roymccoy
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roymccoy 11/13/08 - 07:22 pm
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it's very easy for

it's very easy for "wannabe's" to attack someone when they don't have their own agenda! sarah palin, gena evans, elizabeth hasselbeck or any woman that holds a position of power or recognition!

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 11/13/08 - 08:49 pm
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A brilliant, charismatic

A brilliant, charismatic woman boss is probably more than the good ole boys from the former Georgia Highway Department can deal with.

As It Is
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As It Is 11/14/08 - 01:17 am
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Like it or not, we have all

Like it or not, we have all witnessed what a strong woman is capable of and how much hatred she can handle by following what the campain trail and media tried to do to Palin. She does seem to be a smart person and more than capable in her job so these "good ole boys" better get off their butts and start doing their jobs because she is in charge and it now seems pretty clear that she is going to keep it. All persons regardless of sex or race who do a good job are usually going to be under a decent amount of scrutiny because most in government would perefer not to have changes occur and in this department they would prefer to have 5 guys stand around while 1 does all the work...maybe she will finally make some positive changes.

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