Deputy secretary resigns from U.S. DOT

| 12/7/2004

The No. 2 man at the U.S. Department of Transportation has submitted his resignation.

Kirk Van Tine, who has had the position for roughly a year, will leave the post for the private sector Dec. 31.

Van Tine was named to the post after serving as the department’s general counsel. He had planned to leave that post – and the department – for the private sector a year ago, but was asked to serve in the position of deputy secretary. He submitted his letter of resignation from that position in late November, Robert Johnson, a spokesman for the agency, told Land Line.

“He was asked in effect to come back and serve as the No. 2 person here at Transportation, and he took that offer, delaying for one year his return to the private sector,” Johnson said. “He served in that position for a year and now has decided to get back to his original plan. This is something he has been expecting to do really since taking the job.”

– By Mark H. Reddig, associate editor