Allen Clemson announced his resignation as executive director of the North Texas Tollway Authority effective Oct. 14, 2011.
“After several months of discussion and deliberation with the Board, I feel it is now in my best interest to resign from my position,” Clemson said in his resignation letter to the NTTA Board of Directors, “The citizens of North Texas should know they are served well by the employees of the NTTA, each and every one of them comes to work every day with your safety and driving experience as their number one concern.”
“One of our proudest accomplishments is NTTA’s acceptance as a member of the regional and state transportation community,” said Clemson.
The NTTA Board of Directors will consider accepting Clemson’s resignation and the selection of an interim executive director at next week’s regular board meeting scheduled on Oct. 19.
In the interim, NTTA Board Chairman Kenneth Barr has asked NTTA Assistant Executive Director of Project Delivery Gerry Carrigan to monitor matters customarily addressed by the executive director to ensure there is no interruption in the NTTA’s day-to-day business operations.
“The announcement of the Chisholm Trail project marked an important milestone for the NTTA in many ways. The NTTA is entering a remarkable era of growth that will transform the landscape and lives of millions of North Texans. Allen’s leadership in this important project is his legacy to North Texans. Allen is leaving the NTTA positioned to build the mobility system for the future; I thank Allen for his hard work on behalf of the NTTA,” said Barr.
“As we look ahead, we have an extraordinary task ahead of us as we plan for the dynamic population growth that we know is coming. Receipt of the county review next week and the new leadership team will begin the process of propelling the NTTA forward,” added Barr.
During his tenure, Clemson oversaw the NTTA system-wide conversion to all-electronic toll collection and the opening of several mobility projects including the Lewisville Lake Toll Bridge and the completion of a four-level, six direct-connect interchange at the Sam Rayburn Tollway and U.S. 75 Central Expressway. Under his leadership, the NTTA issued its two-millionth active TollTag and saw the successful sale of bonds to finance the President George Bush Turnpike Western Extension, formerly State Highway 161, and other major initiatives during a period of tremendous growth for the Authority.