(AP) — Kentucky's Transportation Cabinet says it has hired a woman to serve as state highway engineer for the second time in the cabinet's history.
Transportation Secretary Greg Thomas announced Patty Dunaway's appointment on Wednesday. Her appointment is effective May 1.
The state highway engineer oversees the Department of Highways.
Dunaway has had numerous roles during her 26-year career at the Transportation Cabinet, working in construction, design and planning. Since 2006, she has been chief district engineer for the District Four highway office in Elizabethtown.
Dunaway has been involved with various planning studies, including the Heartland Parkway and the U.S. 31W Safety Corridor. She was responsible for overseeing the Base Realignment and Closure highway projects at Fort Knox.
She received a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of Kentucky.