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Texas Department of Transportation
CHILDRESS – After more than 38 years with the Texas Department of Transportation, Childress District Engineer Marty Smith is set to retire on Aug.st 31.
A 1979 graduate of Childress High School, Smith worked summers for TxDOT from 1980-1983 while attending Texas Tech University. In May of 1984, Smith began working for the Childress District full time in the Area Office.
Smith worked his way up the ladder at TxDOT with his first promotion coming in 1992 as the Assistant Area Engineer. In 1995 he was promoted to District Design Engineer and three years later he was promoted to the Director of Transportation, Planning and Development. Following the retirement of Terry Keener, Smith was named the Childress District Engineer in Oct. of 2011. Smith’s 10 years at the helm of the Childress District is the second longest tenure of a D.E. in the district.
“Being selected as the District Engineer for the Childress District and following a lot of men that I admired as I was progressing through my career has been my proudest achievement,” stated Smith. As for the biggest change in the industry he’s witnessed in his career at TxDOT, he said, “Technology. From drawing a complete set of plans by hand, with an ink set to working by computer today where you can do the same amount of work in 25 percent of the time.”
Smith looks forward to not being tied to a schedule when he retires. “Being able to go and do anything you want and be spontaneous about it seems fun to me.” However, he will miss the people he’s gotten to know over the years at TxDOT. “TxDOT employees are the best people.”
Qunicy Allen, TxDOT Director of District Operations said of Smith, “We will miss Marty. Especially his friendly manner and the professionalism and leadership he brought to his work.” He continued saying, “We are very happy for him and his family as he enters this new chapter in his life.”