Scott Bennett, director of the Arkansas Department of Transportation since 2011, announced Wednesday that he will retire next month.
Bennett announced his retirement, to be effective March 20, in a letter to the Arkansas Highway Commission.
“I’ve had a great career at ARDOT, and I’ve been fortunate to be a part of many success stories,” Bennett said, “but it’s time for me to step down. I’ve always been told ‘you’ll know when it’s time,’ and I believe that time has come for me.”
Commission Chairman Tom Schueck of Little Rock praised Bennett for his leadership. “It’s been a privilege to work with Scott,” Schueck said. “He’s a great leader – he is a visionary, he’s knowledgeable, and a great communicator. The people of Arkansas have been well-served with Scott Bennett leading the Department of Transportation.”
Schueck stated that the Commission will meet as expeditiously as possible to consider Bennett’s replacement.
Read Thursday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.