For informational/historical purposes only.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 18, 1998




(COLUMBUS) - Jerry Wray, Director of the Ohio Department of Transportation was given the Ohio Public Expenditure Council Outstanding Public Servant Award, yesterday during their 57th annual meeting.

"The award is given to an individual who has exhibited an exemplary career in public service," said Ohio Public Expenditure Council President Donald Berno. "Director Wray received the honor for his leadership initiatives that resulted in reduced operating costs, increased productivity and enhanced accountability."

During the past several years ODOT has reduced its operating costs by more than $150 million and reinvested those savings back into its construction program. Those cost saving measures and other internal reforms have resulted in a more efficient and effective department that is producing record level construction programs.

"There are a lot of very capable and dedicated people at ODOT who have worked hard to make good things happen," said Wray. "We certainly appreciate the recognition and, because of what the Ohio Public Expenditure Council stands for, this is a genuine honor."

The Ohio Public Expenditure Council is an independent, non-profit organization committed to providing objective, non-partisan analysis of Ohio’s state and local taxes and spending, and promoting efficient delivery of government services.

This is the third year the Ohio Public Expenditure Council has given the Outstanding Public Servant Award. The previous award winners are Governor George Voinovich and Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives Jo Ann Davidson.