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Local DOT employee promoted

GAINESVILLE -- Shannon Giles of Braselton was recently promoted to assistant engineer for construction for the Georgia Department of Transportation in Barrow and Gwinnett counties.

Giles has worked with DOT since 2001 in the construction division. Shannon served as project manager for intersection improvements and the widening of the McGinnis Ferry Road Bridge over the Chattahoochee River in Forsyth County. Giles moved to the utility office in 2011. He worked with the utility coordination on all construction and maintenance projects with the 150 utility companies in Northeast Georgia's District One.

Effective Sept. 1, Giles will manage all construction projects on state routes and interstates in Barrow and Gwinnett counties.

"Shannon is an excellent employee," said DOT District Engineer Bayne Smith. "He works well with contractors and understands our construction specifications in great detail. His attention to detail and thoroughness in everything he does will help keep our construction projects moving forward on time and on budget. Shannon is an asset to the state of Georgia and specifically to the Department of Transportation."

Shannon and wife, Lisa, have two daughters, Sarah Morrow, 13, and Emily Giles, 10.