The Birmingham Section started 2015 with a political reception at the Murray Building Co. jobsite at the old Merita Bread Bakery. More than 150 members were in attendance with city and state officials. Everyone enjoyed a tour of the site as well as barbecue from Joe McNabb and Hendrix Chevrolet.

George Conner appointed ALDOT’s Deputy Director for Operations


Dec. 1, 2016

George Conner appointed ALDOT’s Deputy Director for Operations

MONTGOMERY – Transportation Director John Cooper has appointed long-time Department of Transportation employee George Conner as deputy director for operations effective Dec. 1.

Conner replaces retiring Deputy Director for Operations John Lorentson. Lorentson served as deputy director for operations since March 2013, capping a career of more than 40 years with ALDOT.

The deputy director for operations is responsible for the activities of ALDOT’s five regions and also supervises the Construction, Equipment, Maintenance, and Materials and Tests bureaus.

“I have the utmost respect and admiration for George Conner, and tremendous confidence in his skills and abilities,” Cooper said. “I have complete confidence that George will carry on the outstanding tradition of ALDOT’s deputy directors in service to our state.”

Conner began his career with ALDOT in 1992 as the bridge rating and load testing engineer and within a few years was named the assistant bridge maintenance engineer.  In 1998 he was promoted to assistant state maintenance engineer and in 2008 to state maintenance engineer.  Conner was named the region engineer for ALDOT’s Southeast Region in 2014. Prior to joining ALDOT, Conner served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force for four years at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio and also worked as a structural engineer with LBYD Inc. in Birmingham. Conner is originally from Troy, Ala.

Steve Graben has been appointed as the region engineer for the Southeast Region, the position made vacant by Conner’s appointment. Graben began his ALDOT career in 1987 as a graduate civil engineer.  He has since held many positions including division engineer for the former Sixth Division. Graben served as assistant region engineer for the Southeast Region since its formation in 2014.

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Josh Phillips
Media & Community Relations Bureau
Montgomery, Alabama
334-242-6730 Office