Secretary Greg Thomas announces the following Cabinet appointments:
Rick Durham – Director, Division of Equipment
Rick began his career with the Transportation Cabinet District 5 Maintenance Operations in 1991 and has been with the Division of Equipment since 1994.
While serving in the division, he has worked in the warehouse; written specifications for the purchase of new equipment; and served as administrative branch manager over procurement, receiving and fabrication prior to his promotion.
With his extensive experience with the Department of Highways heavy equipment operations, Durham is a recognized professional equipment fleet manager having served 22 in the procurement, repair and surplus management of a medium and heavy equipment fleet.
Durham is reputable for developing, implementing, and communicating creative and strategic procurement measures, policies and procedures. Rick has assisted and will continue to assist divisions and districts with their equipment needs.
Rick and his wife, Sheila, live in Lawrenceburg with their four children, Nathan, Whitney, Natalie and Maribeth.
Wade Clements – Chief District Engineer, District 2 Madisonville
Prior to being named chief district engineer, Clements served as a permit supervisor and worked seven years as a branch manager for Project Preservation and Delivery branch for the 11-county district. Clements also served as an operations and maintenance engineer.
Clements left the Transportation Cabinet in 2011 to serve with the U.S. Navy Civil Engineering Corps, including a 1-year tour of active duty in West Africa in 2015. He continues to serve as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Reserves. He also spent a year at the University of North Florida conducting roadway pavement research for the Florida Department of Transportation in Gainesville.
Clements is a 1995 graduate of the University of Kentucky civil engineering school and joined the Cabinet in January of 1996.
Clements, his wife, Crystal and two daughters live in Hanson.
Joe Plunk– Chief District Engineer, District 3 Bowling Green
Prior to being named chief district engineer, Plunk was the Engineering Branch Manager for Project Development in the KYTC District 3 office. Plunk also worked in the design office in KYTC District 2 office in Madisonville for nine years before moving to District 3 in 2008.
Plunk is a University of Kentucky Civil Engineering Graduate and a Muhlenberg County native.
Paul Sanders– Chief District Engineer, District 4 Elizabethtown
Sanders is a 25-year career employee with the Transportation Cabinet, working in various areas including construction and operations.
Sanders began his career in 1991 working out of the Campbellsville section office and moving to the Elizabethtown section office in 1993, and most recently serving as branch manager of Project Delivery and Preservation.
Sanders holds a Bachelor’s degree in Science and Civil Engineering from the University of Kentucky.
He lives in Vine Grove with his wife, Angela and two sons, Darren and Nicholas.
Tamra Wilson– Chief District Engineer, District 8 Somerset
Tammy Wilson began her career with the Transportation Cabinet in 1987 as a Scholarship Student. After completing her Bachelors of Civil Engineering from the University of Kentucky, Tammy completed her EIT rotation spending one year in Central Office and then began her career in District 8 where she worked 2 years in the Lincoln County Resident Engineer’s Office.
Tammy served as the District 8 Traffic Engineer from 1993 to 2007. From 2007–2014, Tammy served as the Branch Manager for Traffic and Permits and Engineering Support supervising the Traffic, Permits, Bridge, Agronomy and Equipment Sections. Tammy retired from cabinet in July 2014 and returned to work in July 2015 to manage the Kentucky Wired permit for the Transportation Cabinet.
Wilson graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Engineering with a Bachelor’s Degree in 1991 and Master’s Degree in 1996.
Tammy lives in Science Hill, Kentucky with her husband Jeff and daughter Kaylee.
Please welcome them to their new assignments and give them your full support.