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Georgia DOT leader resigns amid controversy

By Roslyn Giles

A former Georgia Republican Representative at the helm of the state's Department of Transportation has stepped down.  Commissioner Vance Smith tendered his resignation Wednesday following a two-and-a-half closed door meeting with DOT board members.

The resignation comes amid months of frustration expressed by the board regarding critical personnel decision being left unfilled and inadequate roadwork, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Board members also claim money that could have been earmarked for paving roads and supporting Georgia contractors was not being spent. The DOT is responsible for building and repairing roads and bridges across the state. 

Smith, a Columbus native, declined to comment after the meeting.  He has agreed to remain as an advisor to the department until the end of 2011. 

Deputy Commissioner, Keith Golden, will now act as commissioner until a permanent replacement can be found. 

Smith served as a former representative from 1993 until 2009 when he was elected to the state's transportation department.

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