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Sun February 24, 2013

Long-time Oklahoma Turnpike Executive Named Director

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Long-time Oklahoma turnpike executive Tim Stewart has been named director of the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority.

Stewart was appointed by OTA's board of director on Friday to succeed Gary Ridley — who is retiring as OTA director at the end of March.

Stewart has served as deputy director and CEO since 2005. He joined OTA in 1984 in field maintenance and worked his way up through the organization, serving as director of patron services, director of maintenance, director of planning and operations before assuming his current duties.

Governor Mary Fallin, an ex-officio member of the turnpike authority's board, says Stewart has more than 30 years of experience in the construction, engineering and maintenance industry and that he will be an enormous asset in efforts to maintain and improve Oklahoma's turnpike system.