Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communication Office
Governor Ernie Fletcher Appoints New State Highway Engineer

Press Release Date:  Thursday, January 26, 2006  
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Marcie Mathews becomes first woman to hold title in Kentucky

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher today announced the appointment of a new state highway engineer for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. Marcie Mathews has accepted the position. She becomes the first female in Kentucky history to serve in that capacity.

“Marcie Matthews possesses the credentials and expertise to do the job,” said Governor Fletcher. “Throughout her long career in state government, she has demonstrated strong leadership qualities and innovative problem solving abilities. She is the right person to further my vision of the Transportation Cabinet to provide a safe and reliable transportation system in all parts of this great commonwealth.”

With the appointment of Mathews, Kentucky becomes one of only a handful of states in the country with a woman serving as state highway engineer.

“I am honored to accept this new responsibility,” said Mathews. “Transportation issues are vital to everyone and impact all of us. I will continue to work to ensure we improve our highway network and provide the greatest possible efficiency for Kentucky taxpayers.”

Transportation Cabinet Secretary Bill Nighbert praised Mathews. “She has a strong work ethic. She is a great motivator and I’m confident in her abilities to help lead Department of Highways.”

Mathews’ appointment is effective February 1. Governor Fletcher made the announcement this afternoon while speaking at the Kentuckians for Better Transportation conference at the civic center in Frankfort.

“In her capacity as state highway engineer, Ms. Mathews will oversee and approve the engineering functions of the Department of Highways,” said Commissioner Marc D. Williams, P.E.  The state highway engineer is the chief technical advisor to the Commissioner of Highways.

Commissioner Williams has served as acting state highway engineer since September 15, 2005.

Mathews graduated from the University of Kentucky with a bachelor of science in civil engineering in 1985 and is a registered professional engineer in Kentucky.  She is a Frankfort native.

Mathews has been employed by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet since January 1986.  She currently serves as the deputy executive director of the Office of Program Planning and Management, where she is responsible for the cabinet’s research program and coordination of AASHTO and other national activities and the acting director of the Division of Right of Way and Utilities. 

She has also served as acting director of the Division of Aeronautics and Division of Professional Services.  Prior to these assignments, Mathews served as director of the Division of Program Management, technical assistant to the state highway engineer, Transportation engineering branch manager for specifications, District 7 planning engineer, construction inspector in District 7 and as a co-lateral duty served several years as the cabinet’s engineering scholarship coordinator and engineering recruiter.