It's officially the first day on the job for the new Massachusetts Transportation Secretary and CEO, former MBTA General Manager Rich Davey.
Already, he spent the day prior touring the tunnels of the Big Dig and has jumped in the shoes of former Secretary and CEO Jeff Mullan, picking up on the MassDOT blog posts where Mullan left off.
"A hallmark of my management style is summed up in the phrase: 'Tell me what I need to know, not what you think I want to hear,'" said Davey in his first online statement in his new role. "So, be prepared to share with me the problems that you see and your ideas on how to solve those problems.
Davey is now in charge of the army of 10,000 employees under MassDOT, and all of the states transportation issues.
But he seems alright with that.
"MassDOT is bigger than any one Secretary, Administrator, or General Manager. We have been and will continue to be focused on a mission: to create a safety-focused, mission-driven, employee empowered, customer-centric organization," he said in his first blog post.
Citing current trends in transportation trouble as both "challenging and exciting" Davey said he wants to create transparency within the department and make MassDOT "the premier transportation agency in the nation."