Sept. 13, 2018: Kirk Steudle has announced that he plans to retire as the Director of the Michigan Department of Transportation on October 31, 2018. Steudle has been the department director since 2006. He was the first cabinet member from the previous administration that Snyder asked to stay on. “Steudle helped oversee numerous innovative approaches to transportation safety and improvements,” according to a statement from the Governor’s Office. “Among these were performance measures on road projects and first-in-the-nation asset management principles.” “My entire professional career has been spent at MDOT,” Steudle said in a statement. “As I reflect on those more than 31 years, I could not be more honored to have worked alongside so many outstanding people in the service of our great state.” Snyder has not decided yet on either an acting or permanent appointment for the Department Director’s position, according to a statement from the Governor’s Office.