For Lowell Clary, the end of the road
To anyone in Florida who dealt with all those big numbers in the Department of Transportation, all roads led to Lowell Clary, the FDOTs low-key, highly-experienced assistant secretary for finance and administration (not someone known for supporting the current rage to privatize toll roads).
Until now. The Buzz learns that Clary e-mailed senior DOT execs on Wednesday announcing his intention to retire after nearly a quarter-century in state government. He wasn't in the DROP deferred-retirement program for senior state employees, so the seeming abruptness of his departure is likely to surprise some legislators -- even though Clary was passed over for the top DOT job in favor of Stephanie Kopelousos.
"After much careful thought, it is time for me to move on to new career opportunities," Clary wrote in his e-mail.