GOV. MALLOY APPOINTS JAMES P. REDEKER AS TRANSPORTATION COMMISSIONER
(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that he has chosen to appoint his interim Department of Transportation Commissioner, James P. Redeker, to lead the department permanently. The DOT is comprised of six bureaus – Aviation & Ports, Finance & Administration, Highway Operations, Policy & Planning, Engineering & Construction and Public Transportation – and employs around 3,000 people across the state.
“When I appointed Jim to lead the Department of Transportation on an interim basis back in March, I was already in the midst of a nationwide search for top talent who could help us move our state’s transportation infrastructure into the 21st century,” said Gov. Malloy. “I’m pleased to say that the right person for the job was right in our backyard. Over the last five months, I’ve been impressed with Jim’s confidence, his vision and his ability to manage the department during a period of great uncertainty due to budget negotiations and union ratification issues. This may have been the longest, most intense interview of Jim’s career, but he aced it and I’m pleased to continue working with him in a more permanent capacity.”
“I’m honored that Governor Malloy has offered me the opportunity to continue to lead the Department of Transportation, and I’m thrilled to accept the challenge,” said Commissioner Redeker. “Governor Malloy’s focus on improving our infrastructure, increasing the use of and access to public transportation and using our ports and airports as part of a larger economic development strategy leaves a lot of work to be done by all of the employees at the department, but I think I speak for them when I say it’s exciting to work for someone who is as committed to our state’s transportation efforts as Governor Malloy is.”
Prior to being named Deputy Commissioner, Redeker was Chief of the DOT's Bureau of Public Transportation, responsible for planning and management of the DOT's rail and bus programs. CTTransit, the state-owned bus service, and the New Haven Line, the state-owned commuter rail service, each carry more than 35 million passengers a year. The bureau also oversees Shore Line East, the commuter rail service between New Haven and New London, and coordinates ridesharing programs for Connecticut employers.
Commissioner Redeker joined the DOT in 2008 after a 30-year career with the New Jersey Department of Transportation and NJ Transit – the third-largest transit agency in the country. His portfolio of experience includes strategic planning and policy, capital programming, transportation planning, transit-service planning and scheduling, transit-friendly development, demand forecasting, pricing, paratransit and community service delivery, customer service and technology infrastructure and application management.
For Immediate Release: August 25, 2011