Five applicants to become the state's next transportation secretary will be interviewed Thursday by the Florida Transportation Commission, which is expected to send a list of three recommendations to Gov. Ron DeSantis after the interviews.
The commission agreed Wednesday to interview:
• Richard Biter, a former Florida Department of Transportation assistant secretary for intermodal systems development who in 2016 was a finalist to lead Enterprise Florida
• Scott Collister, an engineer who spent six years with the Department of Transportation, where he was District 7 director of transportation development.
• Phillip Gainer, a Department of Transportation district secretary the past three years.
• Katharine Nees, a Richardson, Texas-based transportation executive who once served as the director of strategic projects at the Texas Department of Transportation.
• Kevin Thibault, a regional senior vice president for TranSystems Corp. who spent two stints with the Florida Department of Transportation in leadership positions, including time as interim executive director of Florida's Turnpike Enterprise. Michael Dew stepped down from the $151,000-a-year secretary position in November and joined DeSantis' transition team. Dew was selected secretary by former Gov. Rick Scott in June 2017.