Arthur Holmes, Jr., director of the Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT), has officially announced his retirement. His last day on the job will be December 19. In October, Holmes shared the news with County Executive Isiah Leggett.
“Art Holmes has provided tremendous leadership at a time of change and significant challenges,” said County Executive Ike Leggett. “He has helped broaden transportation options for County commuters, deliver critical infrastructure, and support Smart Growth. We are doing more road maintenance, advancing more transit, and promoting more pedestrian safety. On behalf of a grateful County, I wish him all the best in retirement.”
During Holmes’ tenure, the County established a broader approach to transportation that placed greater emphasis on transit, biking and walking. He has been instrumental in implementing Leggett’s vision for developing new, transit-oriented, communities while ensuring that the County’s transportation infrastructure is maintained, repaired, rehabilitated and expanded.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to lead the Department,” said Holmes. “I look back on my 12 years with Montgomery County – two as Go Montgomery Director and 10 as Department of Public Works and Transportation and Department of Transportation Director – with great pride in the accomplishments of MCDOT. Together, we have ushered in a new era in transportation in Montgomery County – one that is focused on a comprehensive approach to mobility that encourages smart growth, transit-oriented development and alternative transportation, while enhancing and extending our critical road network, bridges and other infrastructure."
“What I am most proud of, however, is our MCDOT team. They exemplify the best of public service, and I truly appreciate all that they have done to improve the quality of life in Montgomery County for those who live, work and play here.”
Under Holmes, MCDOT has won dozens of national awards for its innovation, customer service and creativity. Read more about Holmes’ major achievements and background.