Mike Wooten has resigned his seat as commissioner and chairman of the S.C. Transportation Commission and will be replaced by Tony Cox, executive vice president of Burroughs & Chapin.
Wooten submitted his resignation Thursday, the same day Gov. Henry McMaster made several appearances in the Grand Strand area to address the recent shooting spree in Myrtle Beach.
McMaster did not announce the new appointment until Friday.
“Due to meeting all my goals and commitments, and with the full understanding that my replacement was a man of great character, I submitted my resignation,” Wooten said.
“It’s been a great four years and we got a lot done,” said Wooten, noting that after decades of work, the federal government issued the permit this week to begin construction on Interstate 73.
Cox, 59, of Myrtle Beach, will serve as interim chairman until he is approved by the state legislature when the session reconvenes in January.
Until then, Cox can still attend commission meetings to represent the 7th Congressional District.
“Tony is a highly respected leader in our state’s business community and his service to our state will be invaluable,” McMaster said in a statement.
“He will ensure taxpayer dollars are properly used to pave and repair roads because that’s what South Carolinians deserve. He will be an advocate for reform and efficiency because that’s what the system needs,” McMaster said.
Cox is a graduate of Coastal Carolina University. He has been in the real estate business for more than 35 years and served on the South Carolina Real Estate Commission, as well as the Horry County Planning Commission and Myrtle Beach Air Base Redevelopment Authority.