GAINESVILLE, Ga. – Georgia Department of Transportation Commissioner Keith Golden proudly announces the appointment of Brent Cook as District Engineer for the 21 counties in Northeast Georgia that make up DOT District One.
Brent began his career with the Georgia Department of Transportation in the training program in 1992. He then served as Urban Systems Planning Engineer in the Office of Planning at the DOT Headquarters in Atlanta until 1998. Then Cook moved to the Gainesville District Office as Planning and Programming Engineer. He was responsible for systems inventory, environmental services, public transportation, as well as, planning and programming construction projects throughout the district. He became District Traffic Engineer in 2004 and was responsible for the placement, installation and maintenance on all traffic signals and other traffic control devices. 2012 brought Cook back to Preconstruction to supervise that Department as District Preconstruction Engineer. His office managed survey, development, design of projects and rights of way acquisition. Cook was named Assistant District Engineer in 2013 while remaining District Preconstruction Engineer.
Cook assumes the duties of District Engineer from Bayne Smith as of September 16, 2014. Smith now serves as Georgia DOT’s Director of Field Services. Smith supervises operations in each of Georgia DOT’s District or Regional Offices.
Cook was awarded the Commissioner’s Award of Merit in 2000 for his outstanding efforts to increase public involvement and input into projects in the early stages of development.
Cook studied at the Georgia Institute of Technology and earned a Bachelors of Civil Engineering Degree in 1991. He continued his studies and began cooperative training with Georgia Department of Transportation. Brent earned a Master’s of Science Degree from Georgia Tech in Civil Engineering in 1994. He earned the certification of Professional Engineer in the State of Georgia in 1997.
He is married to the former Sloan Stancil from Cleveland, Georgia. They are the proud parents of one daughter, Ensley and live in Cumming. Cook is a native of Fannin County’s McCaysville, Georgia. His parents Marilyn and Scott MacNeill still reside in McCaysville.