Hammond’s resignation letter to DOT staff

Subject: A Note From Paula

Thirty four years ago, I walked through the doors of the WSDOT Lacey Project
Engineer’s office with my OSU degree in hand, full of nervousness and
expectation, and ready to start my engineering career. From my first
assignment as an asphalt plant inspector, to my final position as your
Secretary of Transportation, I have been proud to be a part of the WSDOT
family that is rich with committed individuals who can be counted on in any
emergency, and who always put the public’s safety first.

My time at WSDOT has come to an end. I’ll be retiring from the agency on
March 8th. I leave with pride in knowing that we are regarded as one of the
best and most progressive transportation agencies in the country. With the
nation’s largest and most iconic ferry system, an ambitious capital program
capably delivered, and innovative strategies that are transforming our
freeway corridors, we have much to celebrate. We have delivered our mission
with integrity, transparency and credibility. But, what I most admire is
each one of you who are committed to improving travel for our citizens and
the many of you who have dedicated your careers to public service.

Thank you all for the support you have given me over the years, and
particularly in this leadership role as Secretary. We have shared many
laughs, some tears, and always stood beside each other to work through the
unworkable and accomplish the impossible. I wish you continued success in
the future and am certain you will continue to deliver amazing results for
Washington’s citizens.

Stay safe out there,