Gov. Jerry Brown Tuesday announced the appointment of San Diego resident Laurie Berman as the director of the state Department of Transportation.
Berman has served as Caltrans’ acting chief deputy director since October and has more than three decades of experience at the agency, including leading the San Diego district.
Her work here has included overseeing major projects on Interstate 5 and at the border and the construction of publicly/privately funded State Route 125.
Brown said Berman’s transition into her new role will be “seamless” for the agency as it moves forward with SB 1 road projects.
After 26 years with @CaltransHQ and 7 years as Director, its time to move on to my next adventure! Thank you for the opportunity @JerryBrownGov! Congratulations Laurie Berman @LBCTD11, next Caltrans Director! #respect
— Malcolm Dougherty (@MalcolmXdough) February 20, 2018
Congrats to San Diego’s own Laurie Berman (@LBCTD11), appointed by @JerryBrownGov as the next director of @CaltransHQ! She’s so sharp on big-picture transportation/transit needs, border issues, interjurisdictional cooperation — well deserved!
— Senator Toni Atkins (@SenToniAtkins) February 20, 2018
“I am very confident that Laurie is the right person to lead Caltrans, she’s been instrumental in delivering on the promise of SB 1 and will ensure a smooth transition for our hardworking staff and the public,” said outgoing Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty.
“I appreciate the leadership that she has exemplified in the San Diego region during her eight years as district director and know we are on the right path to continue serving Californians.”
Dougherty is leaving his post for a private sector job.
Berman will lead the agency beginning March 3, at an annual salary of $190,333.
— City News Service
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