Sunday, June 25, 2017

Madison resident going to DC

Madison County resident Heath Hall will be become the Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Railroad Administration.  Mr. Hall posted this message on Facebook:

I am very proud to let you know that my former boss, United States Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao, has appointed me to become the next Deputy Administrator of DOT's Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). The White House approved my appointment Thursday and I was sworn into office Friday. I will serve as the Acting Administrator until he/she is appointed and then confirmed by the United States Senate.
Wendy and I will call DC home for a few years and will certainly miss our friends and family as we go on a new journey.
So, please keep us in your thoughts and prayers. I can always be reached on my personal mobile.
Below is a copy of an email that is going to be sent to more than 900 FRA employees throughout the country tomorrow afternoon.
Dear FRA Colleagues:
Just more than two decades ago I walked through the doors of the Federal Railroad Administration is an intern ready to take on the world. I left with great respect for the job that all of the professionals were doing in keeping our rail system safe and healthy. It was then that I became so interested in transportation policy designed to help millions of Americans use the modes of transportation they needed.
I am so proud and honored that Secretary Elaine L. Chao has asked me to serve as your deputy administrator. I am looking forward to working with you as we implement her vision for the rail industry. I know, first and foremost, that we have the talent and the resources necessary to accomplish any task for which we are assigned.
The last three weeks have certainly been exciting as I have transitioned into this position and I could not have done it without the assistance of so many FRA professionals. Your kindness and willingness to help is absolutely unprecedented and I am very thankful.
For those of you in the field that I have yet to meet, please know that I will be visiting with you in person soon on the frontline of FRA. The meetings are now being scheduled.
I am looking forward to working with each of you. Please never hesitate to contact me in the event you need something.
I hope that you enjoy the Fourth of July with your family and friends. It is certainly a special day that marks the Birthday of the strongest and most powerful country in this world that has provided so much to all of us.
Heath Hall was named deputy administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) in Washington, D.C. by United States Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao in June, 2017. The mission of FRA is to enable the safe, reliable, and efficient movement of people and goods for a strong America, now and in the future. FRA accomplishes its mission through more than 900 employees, a $1.5 billion budget and eight regional offices.


Anonymous said...

Great news for Madison County. Instead of wasting just our tax dollars, now we can spread the waste on taxpayers across the country.

Good ridden - and watch out for headlights.

Anonymous said...

whoop di do. just more bureaucracy we need to get rid of. Drain the swamp!

Anonymous said...

This was announced at the Madison County Courthouse two weeks ago.

Anonymous said...

One minute he's Gerald Steen's publicity agent and the next minute he's responsible for the movement of billions of people traveling around the United States. Gaw-leee.

Anonymous said...

Just curious, but what qualifies Heath Hall to run the railroads? Does he have any railroad experience? Does he have any transportation or logistics experience?

Anonymous said...

You people are just hateful. HH will be in a position to possibly help Madison County. He will be working with people who make decisions about road money. Congratulations Heath.

Anonymous said...

Maybe Madison can get an Amtrak stop.

Engine Engine Number 9 said...

Right; Heath Hall will be in a position to bring high speed rail right through Canton and over to Meridian just like Gil Carmichael did with Amtrak. We are known in this here state for breeding logisticians who specialize in rail.

I just hope Mitch Tyner didn't have anything to do with this bullshit!

Anonymous said...

You all can get off your high horses! Sitting behind your screens hating on a man trying to help you! Please! Continue to hide your hate behind your anonymity! Hotty toddy and God Bless America

Take the Last Train to Clarksville said...

Government waste and qualifications aside, I'd rather this position go to a Mississippian and a good ole boy than some Yankee bureaucrat.

Great job Heath and save a spot at the Camelot Showbar for me.

Underground Railroad said...

8:29 - Pray tell what Hall is 'doing to try to help me'. He got a junior role is a meaningless bureaucracy and will suck at the federal money tit for a couple of years.

It'll be like an extended cruise, not quite up to the level of the tit Mabus has feasted at for ten to twenty years but a little neater than Mike Espy's brief reward. As time passes, please keep us updated on when and how Madison County or Mississippi in general benefits from this handout.

On the bright side, though...maybe Hall will find a role for Gerald Steen up thar in DEE CEE.

Anonymous said...

So he was an intern at the FRA 20 years ago. Wow, what a resume!

Sounds like the time is right for a government subsidized bullet train from Madison to Oxford!

Anonymous said...

It never fails to amaze hearing Mississippians talk about wasteful Federal spending, while this state SURVIVES off federal dollars?

Anonymous said...

A timely reminder, 9:06. This entire state is "sucking on the Federal tit."

But soon that won't be such a big issue, since Sen. McCornhole is going to gut Medicaid. And Bryant and Reeves are cheering him on. The wealthier among us who are making money when poor people spend their transfer payments may eventually wake up, but it will likely be too late.

Anonymous said...

1:18; What are you doing to elevate those receiving transfer payments to the next level in the cast system? Well, other than supporting a federal minimum wage of $15 per hour with a like amount being handed to those who refuse to work.

Anonymous said...

Reading his announcement, you'd thought he had been appointed to a full cabinet position. I'm sure all the career professionals at FRA will respect him after his pandering announcement.

Anonymous said...

I knew he wouldn't stick it out in MadCo and run against Sheila. With his threat gone, its smooth sailing, she'll be mayor soon and we'll be a world better.

Anonymous said...

Everyone is missing the point on this!!! It's not about government efficiency. Hall not getting the position would not somehow decrease the amount of government waste on this. Y'all don't know how ignorant and jealous you all sound!!!

Anonymous said...

Lot's of trashy people on here. What has he done to any of you?

Anonymous said...

Now how did Big Heath go and do this? and I thought m;ary was buddy buddy with Trump.

Anonymous said...

While y'all are posting comments, the smart ones are gonna be sending their resume's to Heath's office. 900 employees? Gotta be room for a few hometown heroes.

Anonymous said...

"Lot's of trashy people on here. What has he done to any of you?"

I'm a taxpayer in Madison County. One thing that comes immediately to mind is that he ripped me off for $35,000 for a one year contract during which he 'produced' six brief media blurbs that painted several supervisors in a good light.

Another thing 'he did to me' was seek and procure another contract to do the same thing again with a five thousand dollar increase. But, he can't do that while dining in DC and Virginia.

Did you have other questions?

He doesn't live in Sheila's District.

Anonymous said...

@4:46 you paid for the WHOLE contract? What a saint, bless your heart.

He lived in Sheila's district last time I checked. He campaigned hard for her to get her elected. I guess that's where she learned how to become a politician.

Anonymous said...

"I'm a taxpayer in Madison County."
Watch out, he's gonna eminent domain you and build a railroad in your master bathroom.

Anonymous said...

4:34 He knows people farrrrr up the chain of command. JBC didn't know what happened when they brought in Heath to beat him. Notice he's been out of the news since that experience?

Anonymous said...

It takes a real Slow-Simon to suggest Heath Hall is responsible for JBC's demise. Sheila will be surprised to learn that Heath Hall got her elected. Hall was barely able to get Steen re-elected by the hair of his chinny chin chin.

Boxcar Willie said...

Steen was re-elected because Jill's people thought she had the win and if a double handful of her supporters had left the tennis court and gone by the polls, Heath's boy, Steen, would be selling funeral contracts.

Yes, all Madison County taxpayers footed the needlessly wasteful bill to pay Heath Hall 35K to do nothing for the Board but submit five or six useless articles. Not uncommon to say "I paid for it" when "I" equals a taxpayer.

Meanwhile the Hottie Tottie faithful are licking their envelopes in hopes Heath can find them a $23,000 job and a house in Virginia. Doesn't Thad have a basement apartment for rent?

Anonymous said...

Lets not forget the Sheriff Tucker had HH on the payroll as his official spokes person.....How many times did you see HH in front of a camera. You didnt. Not suurehow much the SO was paying him but you can bet your ass HH wasnt doing it for free.

Anonymous said...

DA pays him too. 5:27, What the heck does Ole Miss have to do with this Little Brother?

Anonymous said...

1:29....I don't really know what Ole Myth has to do with this. I'm just responding to the following post, submitted earlier. Perhaps YOU can tell me, Possum Eater:

"You all can get off your high horses! Sitting behind your screens hating on a man trying to help you! Hotty toddy and God Bless America. June 25, 2017 at 8:29 PM"

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