Fate of Georgia DOT chair to be decided today

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) -- A special called meeting today will decide the fate of state Transportation Commissioner Gena Abraham.

Abraham's personal relationship with transportation board Chairman Mike Evans resulted in his resignation from the board last week.

The board called a special meeting for 10 a-m where Abraham will announce whether she will stay -- and the board will decide whether to keep her.

Abraham vowed to aggressively carry out her reforms – including a push to reverse a culture at the department of over-promising projects and only loosely adhering to the rules.

But an intimate relationship between an employee and a superior in the worker's chain of command is banned by DOT policy, and it is unclear how long Abraham defied that policy.

Governor Sonny Perdue -- who continues to support Abraham – has said a relationship between two people happens gradually.

Evans cast the tie-breaking vote to hire Abraham in October. Perdue and Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle have lobbied board members to support her now that his crucial vote is gone.

The vote in October became a political test of wills between Perdue -- who backed Abraham -- and House Speaker Glenn Richardson -- who favored state Representative Vance Smith for the job.

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