JACKSON, KY – (April 6, 2005) -- Governor Ernie Fletcher and acting Transportation Cabinet Secretary Bill Nighbert today announced the appointment of Linda Wagner-Justice as chief district engineer for the Department of Highways District 10.
Secretary Nighbert and Highway Commissioner Marc Williams were in Jackson this morning to make the announcement of Wagner-Justice’s appointment.
"Linda has been acting in this position for several months, and she has certainly proved herself worthy of this appointment," Secretary Nighbert said. "Her experience and background, coupled with her familiarity with the area, all combine to make her an excellent choice for this position. We congratulate her and wish her well, and we have every confidence in her ability."
Wagner-Justice is a graduate of the University of Kentucky, having earned a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering as the recipient of a Transportation Cabinet scholarship. She began her career with Transportation in June 1986 with the District 12 office in Pikeville, and worked in bridge maintenance, as a resident engineer and as manager of the Traffic Branch in that office.
In March 1998, Wagner-Justice was appointed chief district engineer for District 12, becoming the first female chief district engineer in Kentucky history. In September 2002, she was appointed deputy executive director for construction and operations in the State Highway Engineer’s Office in Frankfort.
Wagner-Justice returned to eastern Kentucky in May 2004 as acting chief district engineer for District 10. She served as assistant chief district engineer for District 10 when Sam Beverage was appointed chief district engineer for Districts 10 and 11. When Beverage was promoted to state highway engineer in December 2004, Wagner-Justice took over the chief district engineer’s position in District 10 on an acting basis.
A native of Holden, W.Va. and a graduate of Johnson Central High School in Paintsville, Wagner-Justice lives in Betsy Layne with her husband Charles, and their daughter Elon, 10.
District 10 of the Department of Highways consists of Breathitt, Estill, Lee, Magoffin, Menifee, Morgan, Owsley, Perry, Powell and Wolfe Counties. The district headquarters is in Jackson, and it has facilities in each of the 10 counties included within the district.