Daytona Beach, Florida – There’s a new face at the helm of the Florida Department of Transportation, and he might be familiar to some in Volusia County.
His name is Jared Losthe was secretary of FDOT District 5, which encompasses much of central Florida, including Daytona Beach and the Orlando area, but has now been handpicked by Governor Ron DeSantis to lead the department as as new secretary.
“Secretary Perdue brings a wealth of knowledge and understands the unique aspects of Florida’s transportation industry,” DeSantis said in a prepared statement. “I am confident in his ability to lead FDOT and continue to advance our transportation systems.”
Perdue has worked for FDOT for 18 years, most recently in District 5. While in the District, Perdue was responsible for leading and developing a workforce of nearly 600 employees and managing an annual budget of nearly a billion dollars. He was also instrumental in completing the I-4 Ultimate project, FDOT’s largest project to date, and the Wekiva Parkway project. He also held several leadership positions within the Department, before leading District 5.
Perdue received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from La Citadelle in 2003. He is married with five daughters.