New Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Secretary, Michael J. Dew

By Mark Holan, editorial director, ARTBA

Michael J. Dew became the new Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Secretary effective June 5.

Dew was FDOT chief of staff since January 2015. He previously held the same role at the Florida Department of Corrections from 2012 to 2014, and was external affairs director for Florida Gov. Rick Scott from 2011 to 2012.

“Florida is the fastest growing state in the nation and Gov. Scott’s continued focus on our transportation infrastructure is vital not only to our growing population, but to Florida’s booming economy,” Dew said in a news release. “I look forward to continuing the great work of FDOT and cementing our state as a leader in transportation.”

Dew replaced Jim Boxold, who was FDOT’s chief of staff from July 2013 until becoming secretary in January 2014. He resigned in February for a job in the private sector.