Department of Transportation has selected Brandon Kirby as the new District 1 engineer.
Kirby, who has served dual roles as assistant district engineer and the head of preconstruction unit takes the place of Brent Cook, who is retiring.
Kirby will be taking the helm of the 21-county district that occupies the northeast Georgia region. He will oversee all the department’s programs, projects and activities in the area and will work to build partnerships with local and state lawmakers, chambers of commerce, business leaders and the public in the region.
With a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Georgia Tech, Kirby began his career with the Georgia Department of Transportation in 1996. His broad experience of more than 22 years with GDOT includes progressing through various leadership titles in the district, as well as in the general office. He has held positions of area engineer, assistant district construction engineer, legislative liaison and assistant state program delivery administrator.
"I'm honored and humbled to have this opportunity to lead our team. We have a diverse region from Union County which has routes that wind around the Appalachian Mountains to urban areas like Gwinnett and Forsyth counties. I know our region isn't without its transportation challenges. I will bring excellence and a commitment to leadership in transportation in everything we put our hands to. We want to be known as approachable, committed to working together solving challenges, and a credible community partner and resource."
Kirby is native to the northeast Georgia region and lives in Hall County.
GDOT District 1 office is in Gainesville on Jesse Jewell Parkway, but the department also maintains area offices in Gainesville, Athens, Carnesville, as well as Cleveland.