A retirement celebration for longtime transportation official Gary Ridley is set for 6 p.m. Monday at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford. Ridley is retiring March 31 as the director of the state Transportation Department and director of the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority. Ridley, who worked for the Transportation Department for 44 years, will continue to serve on Gov. Mary Fallin's Cabinet as secretary of transportation. The banquet will be held in the Memorial Student Center Ballroom. For tickets, call (580) 774-3766 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets are $17 per person to cover the cost of the meal. Tim Stewart, deputy director and chief operating officer of the Turnpike Authority, was named last week to head that agency. The Oklahoma Transportation Commission is expected to name a new director for the Transportation Department at its meeting Monday.
MICHAEL MCNUTT, CAPITOL BUREAU