Cobb DOT to get new manager
by Jon Gillooly
December 14, 2013 11:05 PM | 2984 views | 3 3 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA — The Cobb Board of Commissioners agreed to pay for a new transportation division manager at the request of Faye DiMassimo, the county’s transportation director.

The board granted approval at its Tuesday meeting for the position, which commands a salary of $109,200 as well as an additional $1,500 for cellphone and office expenses.

“It’s actually a position that we previously had and that we are just filling again, but we’ve re-evaluated the position’s needs and so forth and enhanced the position a bit from where it was,” DiMassimo said.

The position was previously held by Mike Cates until he moved out of state about six months ago. At the time, deputy DOT director Dan McDuff inherited his responsibilities.

“When he left, we absorbed the preconstruction and construction oversight into the deputy director job, and so Dan McDuff had been trying to do all of that, but what we found is that the workload really requires that we need both positions, so what we’re doing is just recreating that position again,” she said.

McDuff has recently moved out of state as well, so DiMassimo is advertising to fill both spots.

“The workload is simply more than a single position really can ride herd over,” she said.

County Chairman Tim Lee said he supported DiMassimo’s request.

“I think that’s what she needs to do,” Lee said.

In her role as director, DiMassimo oversees 160 employees and a budget of $38.7 million.

That budget breaks down into $18.8 million for Cobb Community Transit, $13.2 million for operations, $5.2 million for operation of the county’s streetlight districts, $1.2 million for positions related to the management of SPLOST projects, and $285,609 for the county’s airport at McCollum


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Bob Bummer
December 15, 2013
So did Dan McDuff quit from being overworker and receiving a bad performance review or what? I worked through many a downsizings and consolidations and not once did I say I was overworked and nobody else said it either but I was doing 2 sometimes 3 peoples' jobs.
oh really
December 15, 2013
DiMassimo has to have these 2 positions since she really has no clue as to what she is doing and is only a talking head for Tim Lee. She is not an engineer and her ideas for transportation are too limited to either a bus service or rail (both a tim lee want). Her suck ups will get on here and defend her but she really has no business being a DOT director and should be sent packing. If you really want to know just talk to her if you can find her, since she is almost never at her office. She really has no clue.
Hank Moody
December 16, 2013
Mr. Ott, please refrain from commenting on the MDJ.
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