JAX Chamber hires Alan Mosley to run transportation initiatives
By Drew Dixon, The Florida Times-Union
A former Jacksonville City Hall power broker and state transportation administrator now holds the top transportation slot for the JAX Chamber.
Alan Mosley was appointed vice president of transportation, energy and logistics for the business organization, a JAX Chamber news release said Tuesday. As part of his duties, Mosley will serve as executive director of the North Florida Transportation Business Alliance, which is an advocacy group for transportation projects designed to benefit the local economy.
While Mosley joins the chamber from his work at the private transportation consulting firm of RS&H in Jacksonville, he has a long career linked to public service and local politics.
In 2011, Mosley resigned from his post as the district secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation, which served 18 counties in North Florida. He said he was returning to the private sector but the move had followed a series of political disputes.
In a Times-Union report at the time of his resignation, Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown criticized FDOT’s plan to build and toll the First Coast Outer Beltway, but still said he wanted to build the road without tolls.
Mosley faced criticism when he argued that plans to widen and toll the Beltway, which is now Branan Field Road and Cecil Commerce Parkway, would not turn it into a toll road.
Prior to his FDOT work, Mosley was a key player in the operations for Mayor John Peyton when he was chief administrative officer. Before that, he was public works director for Jacksonville.
But as Mosley resigned his administrative post from the city to take the FDOT job, he came under fire for a severance deal that was approved by Peyton. Mosley accrued four months of leave time after he resigned from his city position, which he got about $7,000 from the city every two weeks.
While then-City Council President Richard Clark didn’t blame Mosley, Clark lamented the system that allowed the leave accrual.
“Clearly we have a very rich system in a time where municipalities are very poor,” Clark said in a 2010 Times-Union report.
JAX Chamber officials are bullish on the Mosley hire to help their organization.
“If we improve people’s ability to access businesses in the area, and improve businesses’ ability to compete in the state, national and global marketplaces, our entire community will benefit,” said Moody Chisholm, chair of the alliance and president and CEO of St. Vincent’s HealthCare. “Alan’s skills and experience make him an outstanding choice to lead these efforts for the chamber and I look forward to working with him.”
JAX Chamber President Daniel Davis said the Mosley hire was a proactive move.
“You can either wait for things to happen, or you can make things happen,” Davis said in a news release.
Beyond political connections, Mosley has a long history in Jacksonville. He is a graduate of Jacksonville University with a degree in business administration and management. He’s also served on the board of directors for the Jacksonville Transportation Authority.
Mosley said those longtime connections to the community should pay off in his position for the chamber.
“Throughout my career, I’ve been drawn to projects that can help move the community forward,” Mosley said. “This is an exciting opportunity to apply what I’ve learned over the past 25 years to help position Jacksonville and the region for the future — and the now.”
Mosley is married with three children and resides in the San Jose area of Jacksonville.