Ga. Transportation Board ousts commissioner

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ATLANTA - The Georgia Board Board of Transportation has removed Commissioner Gena Evans, citing need for a change in leadership.

The board voted 9-3 to remove Evans, who had held the job since October 2007. Gerald Ross, the department's chief engineer, was named interim commissioner.

"We needed to send a signal that we as a board are making a change in direction," said board member Steve Farrow.

Gov. Sonny Perdue and legislative leaders have been pushing a proposal that could gut the responsibilities of the board, which sets Georgia's $2 billion transportation budget. The bill's author says the state needs to speed up its road-building efforts.

Members of a Transportation Board committee declined several months ago to take action against Evans, who had been accused of sending personal e-mails on state computers while working for other state agencies.

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