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Altman Named Acting Director of Mississippi DOT

JACKSON, MS — The Mississippi Transportation Commission (MTC) names Jeffrey C. Altman, PE, Acting Executive Director of the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT). Altman assumed the role following the retirement of MDOT Executive Direct Melinda McGrath after 36 years of state service.

“It was with great reluctance that we accepted Melinda’s retirement earlier this month,” said Commissioner Tom King, MTC Chairman. “Jeff has served the state for 23 years, most recently as MDOT Assistant to the Executive Director. He has the knowledge and leadership skills to take the helm and keep Mississippi moving on a safe, efficient, and effective transportation network.”

Altman began his public service career in 1998 in the MDOT Planning Division. In 2009, he was named Assistant Director of the Local Public Agency Division, a function of MDOT that oversees federal money for local government projects. He became LPA Division Director in 2012. Since 2019, he has served as Assistant to the Executive Director.

“I am thankful for the commission’s confidence in me to lead MDOT,” Altman said. “Melinda set a high standard for excellence, integrity, and transparency."

Altman is a graduate of Mississippi State University. The commission will begin a nationwide search for a permanent Executive Director with the goal of having an appointment by April 2022.

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