It was not a happy moment for me and many MnDOT employees when we received the surprising email on Thursday morning from Commissioner Tom Sorel that he would be leaving MnDOT at the end of the month to become the President and CEO of AAA Minneapolis.
I knew the day would come, but it came unexpectedly. I hoped he would stay for three more years until the end of the Governor Dayton’s term. His leaving is a big blow for MnDOT.
Sorel became MnDOT Commissioner in 2008 after the I-35W Bridge collapse in 2007. He has been the best MnDOT Commissioner I know.
Sorel has done so much good for MnDOT and the state in the last 4 years - brought the agency out of the shadow of the tragic bridge collapse, improved employee morale, rebuilt trust and transparency. He is a servant leader with humility, trust and confidence. He inspires and empowers others. His trust and confidence in me have inspired me to get out of my comfort zone, to grow and develop new skills. Working on the Commissioner’s Reading Corner for the last three years has been the most rewarding experience for me at MnDOT.
I am sorry about his leaving, and will really miss him.
Best to you and your family, Tom!
For Governor Dayton’s press release, click here.