Inslee Names New State Transportation Chief

By Andrew Garber, February 19, 2013, Seattle Times

Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday appointed an Oregon highway engineer, Lynn Peterson, to serve as Secretary of the Washington State Department of Transportation.

Peterson currently serves as the sustainable communities and transportation adviser to Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber.

Paula Hammond, who served as Washington’s transportation secretary under former Gov. Chris Gregoire, is retiring. She will leave on March 8.

Throughout the winter, Hammond had said that she hoped to continue running the state Department of Transportation and sent her application to the Inslee administration, which was conducting a national search for the post.

Hammond, a graduate of Oregon State University, has spent her career with DOT. She has encouraged girls to pursue careers in male-dominated engineering and transportation careers.

Inslee announced Peterson’s appointment in a news release Tuesday.

“We need an innovative approach to fixing a transportation network that is outdated and hampering our economic growth,” he said in a statement. “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 served as chairwoman of the Clackamas (Oregon) Board of County Commissioners before joining Kitzhaber’s administration in two years ago.

According to The Oregonian, Peterson has been a Lake Oswego (Oregon) city councilor, a transportation advocate for 1000 Friends of Oregon and a strategic planning manager for TriMet, the agency that provides bus, light rail and commuter rail transit in the Portland metro.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Wisconsin and two master’s degrees from Portland State University in civil and environmental engineering and urban and regional planning, The Oregonian reported.

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