NCDOT makes regional management change
The North Carolina Department of Transportation recently announced a change in leadership for projects in the western part of the state.
Ed Greene, who has worked for NCDOT for 29 years, has taken over as the new Division 14 engineer for the state's 10 westernmost counties. He most recently worked as maintenance engineer for Division 13 in Asheville for 10 years.
Green's promotion also meant Joel Setzer, who has been a key player in local road projects for nine years, was demoted to work as assistant engineer for the division.
NCDOT officials are not revealing the exact reason for the decision, aside from citing a "shift in direction."
“This decision reflects a shift in direction as the department continues to move forward with its goals of operating more efficiently and improving customer service,” said Chief Deputy Secretary of Operations Jim Trogdon in a press release.
Part of that shift in direction comes after a state audit last year, which revealed illegal practices and waste within local DOT operations in Haywood, Jackson and Swain counties.
Though the reasoning behind Setzer's demotion is unclear, Julia Casadonte, public information officer for NCDOT, said the action "wasn't tied to a specific incident or project and it wasn't a result of the audit."
Green, who lives in Henderson County, said he is ready to take over projects that Setzer has already started. He will be working with Setzer.
"Our main goal is to provide good customer service to all of our customers in the division to provide adequate roads and be available to answer questions and take care of their needs," Green said.
Green said it was his understanding that NCDOT was looking for a new face for the division.
Before working in Asheville, he served as county engineer in Division 8 in Aberdeen and district engineer in Division 14 in Mills River. He is a 1978 graduate of N.C. State University and a registered professional engineer.