The Three Rivers Regional Commission has appointed Kirk Randall Fjelstul as its next executive director, the agency announced Friday.

The appointment will be effective Nov. 1. Fjelstul will succeed former director Lanier Boatwright, who retired June 30. Fjelstul and interim director Robert Hiett were among five finalists for the job.

Also finalists were Dan Reuter, president of Reuter Strategy LLC of Decatur; Stone Workman, president of F. Stone Workman Consulting Inc. of Monticello; and Paul Van Haute of Eatonton, who is the Putnam County manager.

The Three Rivers Regional Commission, which is headquartered in Griffin, provides planning and development services, along with technical assistance, to local governments in a 10-county area that includes Butts County.

Fjelstul most recently served as the State Road and Tollway Authority’s director of strategic programs. Previously he served in numerous capacities with the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority, most notably as its deputy executive director and acting executive director. Fjelstul began his work with GRTA as its chief counsel.

Through his work with GRTA, as well as in private law practice, he has been involved in various mixed-use developments such as Atlantic Station in Atlanta, and he worked with the governor’s office and state Department of Transportation to revise legislation to enhance capital infrastructure delivery and performance, Three Rivers officials said in a statement announcing his appointment.

Fjelstul also directed a legislatively mandated series of reports under the direction of the Governors Development Council to outline financial challenges and opportunities associated with fragmented federal programs for delivery of rural transportation services, Three Rivers said.

Fjelstul holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Northern Iowa, a juris doctor from the Drake University Law School and a Master of Laws from the Emory University School of Law.