Boston – Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack has announced the appointment, effective today, of Jonathan Gulliver, MassDOT Highway District 3 Director, as Acting Highway Administrator on a temporary basis.  Gulliver will serve in this role until Administrator Thomas J. Tinlin’s planned return to work on Monday, July 10.

“Tom and I consulted closely on this decision and we both agree that this appointment is in the best interest of his health and of MassDOT,” said Secretary Pollack.  “The naming of an Acting Administrator is best for the organization at this time as it will allow Tom the time to continue to recuperate from a medical issue and will allow for necessary high-level oversight on a daily basis of many important Highway Division projects and continued collaboration with partners on large scale events such as Sail Boston and Fourth of July activities.”

Administrator Tinlin says he has been grateful at all the kind words since his health challenge became known, “I want to thank everyone for their outpouring of support.  I am on the road to full recovery and am excited to rejoin the MassDOT team later this summer.   During this recovery process, and in consultation with Secretary Pollack, I have asked Jon Gulliver to take over as Acting Administrator because I have full confidence in Jonathan in this role, and have spoken to him personally about my expectations.  There is no doubt in my mind that Jonathan will succeed.”

Since joining MassDOT in 2009, Gulliver has held the position of Highway District 3 Director, overseeing the Highway Division’s Central Massachusetts operations.  Gulliver was a critical part of the AET management team that planned and executed the successful rollout of All Electronic Tolling on I-90.   As Acting Administrator, Gulliver will work closely with the MassDOT Highway Division senior management team, including Chief Engineer Patty Leavenworth, Chief of Operations Lenny Walsh and Deputy Administrator/Director of Project Controls Isidoro Perez, Highway Chief of Staff Jared Kadich and the other five District Highway Directors.