By Mark Holan, editorial director, ARTBA

Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Secretary Jim Boxold is resigning effective Feb. 3. Assistant Secretary for Finance and Administration Rachel Cone will serve as the agency’s interim secretary until Gov. Rick Scott (R) names a new chief. In coming weeks, the Florida Transportation Commission will advertise, interview and select three candidates for Governor Scott’s consideration.

Boxold is reportedly joining Tallahassee government affairs firm Capital City Consulting. He was FDOT’s chief of staff from July 2013 until becoming secretary in January 2014, replacing Ananth Prasad, now a senior vice president at HNTB.

Boxold did “a very good job and will be missed by the department and by our industry,” Florida Transportation Builders’ Association President Bob Burleson said in a message to his members.