The Golden Gate Bridge Manager, Kary Witt, has announced his retirement and the Bridge District put together a very nice retrospective video of his tenure.
Kary assumed his current position not long after I hired on in 1999. I had the opportunity to work with him on a number of projects in my 15 year career there. No matter if it was late at night or early in the morning I could count on Kary to be professional, accessible and friendly. I think that we got along well together because we both share a certain “skewed” sense of humor.
Looking back, it was interesting for me to be able to watch Kary grow into his job as Bridge Manager. The challenges he faced and the solutions he came up with after 9/11 are a testament to his ability to assess, adapt and move forward. His tireless work on the Moveable Median System, the Suicide Barrier and the automatic Electronic Toll Collection System is indicative of his skills at managing tasks and working with others.
I hope that you enjoy your post-bridge life as much as I am enjoying mine. You are a hard act to follow, my friend.