Search begins for new Atlanta transportation chief

ATLANTA — With the announcement by Atlanta Department of Transportation Commissioner Josh Rowan that he will resign from his position this summer, the city will begin a nationwide search for a new leader of the department.

“Commissioner Rowan has been an incredible asset to the City of Atlanta and valued partner as we stood up ATLDOT,” said Mayor Andre Dickens. “We will continue to build from the groundwork that he helped us lay as we look to the future. As we continue to move Atlanta forward, I will be seeking a leader who shares our vision of a safe, accessible and equitable transportation system. Atlanta is a city on the move, and we are busy building first-class infrastructure that supports safety for pedestrians, wheelchair users, cyclists and motorists.”

Prior to his election as mayor, Dickens served as chair of the City Council Transportation Committee and authored the legislation that formally established the Atlanta Department of Transportation.

Rowan’s last day will be July 1. He first joined the city as General Manager for the Renew and TSPLOST Program in 2019, and was later named commissioner in January 2020. An engineer by training with a bachelor’s degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology, he previously worked in construction and as a public sector consultant.

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