Three weeks after telling state legislators that Wisconsin’s transportation system would “deteriorate” if an estimated $1 billion funding shortfall wasn’t eased, Wisconsin Transportation Secretary Mark Gottlieb resigned on Dec. 27.
Gottlieb’s final day on the job is Jan. 6. He will be replaced by former Superior Mayor Dave Ross.
"Dave Ross has been an outstanding leader for our administration as the [Department of Safety and Professional Services] Secretary since 2011," Gov. Scott Walker said in announcing the move. "Dave has always looked to improve the way government operates, and I am confident he will bring the same innovative, taxpayer-first approach to the DOT."
Prior to joining the administration, Ross served two terms as the mayor of Superior and was self-employed for more than 20 years in an upholstery business.
"I thank Governor Walker for placing his trust in me to run the DOT," Ross said. "I look forward to hitting the ground running and continuing to serve as a strong taxpayer advocate for Governor Walker in this new role."
The Wisconsin Motor Carriers Association is looking forward to Ross’ switch of roles.
“He’s a businessman, level-headed, open and accessible,” WMCA President Neal Kedzie told Transport Topics. “Hopefully, he’ll be willing to make some recommendations to the governor before they present the budget.”