Transportation Commission back to full strengthMay 3rd, 2011 by ed friedrich
The state Transportation Commission, responsible for setting tolls and fares and naming ferries and bridges, filled the second of two recent openings. Gov. Chris Gregoire has appointed Anne Haley to the group, effective immediately.
Haley is a Tacoma native, former Yakima resident and lives
in Walla Walla. She is a graduate of the University of Puget Sound
and University of Washington. She worked as a librarian for many
years, including 20 years as library director in Walla Walla and
five years as the director of the Yakima Valley Regional Library.
Haley has served as chair of the Washington State Library
Commission, president of the Washington Library Association and
president of the Northwest Library Association. She chairs the
board of directors for Brown & Haley in Tacoma.
“Through my professional work in library management across the northwest, my experience overseeing a Tacoma-based family business that ships its product worldwide, and the very different challenges and needs my husband and I have in shipping wheat to market from the family ranch, I know first-hand the importance and diversity of Washington’s transportation system,” she said. “Transportation is fundamental to our state’s economic competitiveness, to the safe and timely movement of goods and people, and to the responsible utilization of resources, such as time, air quality and fuel.”
Haley replaces Elmira Forner of Chelan on the seven-person commission. She represents eastern Washington. Earlier this year, Tom Cowan replaced Bob Distler. Both are from the San Juan Islands.
The Transportation Commission is an independent body made up of seven members appointed by the Governor, representing various regions of the state. The commission provides a public forum for transportation policy development, assesses how the entire transportation system works across the state, and provides policy and fiscal guidance to the Governor and State Legislature. The commission also develops the state’s 20-year Transportation Plan and serves as the state tolling authority, setting tolls for state highways and bridges and fares for Washington State Ferries.