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Inslee Appoints New Washington State Transportation Secretary

The governor announced Tuesday that Lynn Peterson will head WSDOT; several other cabinet appointments were also named.

Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed Lynn Peterson to become Washington's next transportation secretary.

Peterson, a top transportation and sustainability adviser to Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, will replace current transportation secretary Paula Hammond, who announced her retirement in a letter to WSDOT staff on Tuesday.

What do you think Peterson's first priority should be? Tell us in the comments section.

Hammond was appointed to the position in 2007 by former Gov. Christine Gregoire. Her last day on the job will be March 8.

"Paula has done valuable work at WSDOT," Inslee said in a news release. "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."

Peterson holds master's degrees in civil and environmental engineering and urban and regional planning. She previously served as a Clackamas County Council member and transportation planner for Oregon's TriMet transit agency, according to Willamette Week

Inslee named several other new cabinet members today, including Carol Kobuke Nelson as head of the Department of Revenue and Nicholas Brown as his general counsel. Scott Jarvis was reappointed as Director of the Department of Financial Institutions.

Joseph February 20, 2013 at 05:30 AM
Get ready for more bike lanes...
Publius February 20, 2013 at 07:28 AM
I hear the moonbats barking in approval.
Jason F. February 20, 2013 at 08:04 AM
lol...terrific...just what we need...
Bonnie Mutton February 27, 2013 at 05:53 AM
First job? Fire everyone involved in the 520 plontoon debacle and ask attorney general to investigate the writers of the work order specifications that have failed and hold them responsible financially for this most recent mess.

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