Nancy Albright, a former state highway official and transportation research engineer, has been named commissioner of the city’s Department of Environmental Quality and Public Works by Mayor Linda Gorton.
“Nancy has the experience and the expertise to help us find new solutions for our traffic congestion,” Gorton said. “She has experience leading large, diverse teams, supervising a large staff, and administering large budgets.”
As a deputy state highway engineer, Albright oversaw the development of traffic signalization upgrades for the state, and managed traffic statewide, advancing the use of camera systems, a centralized control center, and a roadway weather system. Her background and experience also includes infrastructure modernization, a priority for Gorton.
Albright currently works as a research engineer at the Kentucky Transportation Center at the University of Kentucky, a job that keeps her in touch with the latest traffic technology.
“Her connections to the state Transportation Cabinet and to UK will be very helpful. We work closely with the cabinet on our road projects; and we work closely with UK, our biggest employer, across the board,” Gorton said.
A Lexington native, Albright expressed appreciation at being able to join local government. Albright holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in civil engineering from UK.
“The services this Department provides are critical to the quality of life in Lexington,” she said. “I’m honored to have an opportunity to make a contribution to my hometown.”
She replaces Charles Martin, who has served as interim commissioner. Martin is Lexington’s director of the Division of Water Quality, which is part of the Department of Environmental Quality and Public Works.
Albright begins work as commissioner Monday, April 1. Her permanent appointment must be approved by the Urban County Council. The council has scheduled a confirmation hearing for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 7, in the Council Chamber, Government Center, 200 E. Main St.