Thank you, Mr. Bay Bridge
Gordy Garrettson retired last week. You may not recognize his name, but for most of us, he has certainly touched our lives. He has been the guy in charge of the Bay Bridge for the past six years. As Bay Bridge Administrator, he has been calling the shots, literally on a minute to minute basis — balancing the competing and urgent needs between emergencies, maintenance, and traffic — striving to minimize congestion and hassles.
Most of us have little idea what goes on behind the scenes to keep it all balanced and moving. We only get frustrated and remember those terrible times when it doesn’t work. I serve as the Chair of the Bay Bridge Reconstruction Advisory Group (BBRAG), an appointed group of concerned citizens representing communities of Bay Bridge users from both sides of the Bay. I’ve had the opportunity to plan and work with Gordy up close and personal on a regular basis. And I have been impressed.
The Bay Bridge is one of the most important and challenging assets of critical infrastructure in the state, requiring constant monitoring, leadership and adjustment, Gordy has always been up to the task, always keeping public safety para- mount. He has been accessible and responsive — only a cell phone call away, willing to go the extra mile to ensure open communication with the community. His leadership has been especially effective during those frustrating times of accidents and critical incidents and during construction and maintenance requirements, working to balance the requirements of emergency personnel, engineers, and contractors with the ever growing demands of all of us who drive the Bridge. Likewise his role in the planning and execution of the challenging 10 K Across the Bay helped to make it a stunning success.
Gordy has been an out- standing representative of the State of Maryland in performing one of the most difficult jobs in Maryland — a real pro. On behalf of the BBRAG and all of us who depend on that bridge as our lifeline across the Bay, we extend our thanks for a job well done and our best wishes for a fulfilling and successful future.
We welcome our newly appointed Administrator, Ricky DeGrafenreid, who has just taken over the helm as of March 30. We look forward to working together to help continue the tradition of timely responsive leadership in one tough job!