Monthly Archives: February 2013

Inslee’s press release on Transportation Secretary

OLYMPIA – Governor Jay Inslee today announced his appointments to head the departments of Transportation, Revenue and Financial Institutions as well as his choice of a new General Counsel.

Inslee appointed Lynn Peterson to serve as Secretary of the Washington State Department of Transportation. Peterson, a highway engineer, currently serves as the Sustainable Communities and Transportation Advisor to Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber.

“We need an innovative approach to fixing a transportation network that is outdated and hampering our economic growth,” said Inslee. “Lynn has the experience, creativity and leadership skills to help Washington build a transportation system for the 21st century. And we’ll do that in a way that more efficiently moves people and goods and reduces carbon emissions.”

Peterson helped manage several of Oregon’s statewide transportation initiatives including the Willamette Valley Passenger Rail Plan, Kitzhaber’s 10-year Energy Action Plan including Oregon’s portion of the Electric Highway from B.C. to Baja and acceleration of commercial fleet turnover to alternative fuels, and more.

“I am honored to have served Governor Kitzhaber and the citizens of Oregon,” said Peterson. “Together, we have made significant progress leveraging more investment for Oregon communities to meet their economic, social and environmental goals with less revenue. These values hold true for all citizens in the Northwest. I am pleased to be joining Governor Inslee’s Cabinet to help meet his desire to efficiently and cost-effectively build safe and healthy communities everywhere in the State of Washington.”

Paula Hammond, the current Secretary of WSDOT, is retiring after nearly six years as head of the department.

“Paula has done valuable work at WSDOT,” said Inslee. “Her leadership has made it possible for us to move forward on some of our state’s most significant projects, from the Alaskan Way Viaduct and SR 520 to intelligent transportation systems and incident response. She deserves our thanks and appreciation.”

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,