The North Texas Tollway Authority on Wednesday formally accepted last week's resignation of executive director Allen Clemson, and appointed former HNTB employee Gerry Carrigan to take over the job on an interim basis.
Carrigan arrived at the Plano-based tollway authority about three years ago, and served as assistant executive director of project delivery. In that role, he oversaw several big-dollar construction projects, and dealt with contractors and vendors. Carrigan has a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Southern Illinois University, and a master's degree in public administration from the University of South Florida.
The board's decision to choose an interim executive director with a background at HNTB is ironic, considering that on Tuesday a scathing external audit was released that criticized the tollway authority for its close relationship with the engineering and consulting firm.
But, tollway board chairman Kenneth Barr of Fort Worth said, "Gerry is the right person to be steady at the helm and keep the NTTA doing what it does best during this time of transition. Getting him into position will help us begin to implement changes recommended by the just-completed county review.”