Whirley named new VDOT commissioner

Edited by Chris Graham

Gov. Bob McDonnell announced today the appointment of Gregory Whirley as the new commissioner of the Virginia Department of Transportation.

Whirley had been serving as acting commissioner under McDonnell since January. A VDOT veteran, Whirley also served as acting commissioner of the department in 2005 and had served as well as chief deputy commissioner, acting chief financial officer and inspector general.

Whirley is a certified public accountant with 35 years of public and private experience in auditing, investigations and financial management. As inspector general, he had coordinated the agency’s antitrust and internal and external audit functions to safeguard taxpayer dollars and prevent waste, fraud and abuse.

Before becoming inspector general, he directed the agency’s fiscal division, and managed external audits as controller of financial operations. He began work with VDOT in 1988. Whirley began his career with Arthur Andersen & Co. and served as controller for the National Mental Health Association and the National Governor’s Association before joining VDOT. He is a graduate of Virginia State University.

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