It’s good to be back in District 7. I worked here for eight years before leaving for Sacramento four years ago, and I feel like I’ve come home.
I’ve worn many hats within Caltrans since I started with the department in 1989, including District Division Chief of Maintenance, District Division Chief of Planning, Permits Engineer, Project Manager, and most recently, Deputy Director for the Maintenance and Operations Program in Sacramento. I’ve trained my entire career to be a District Director, and there’s no place I’d rather serve in that role than District 7.
I’m looking forward to embracing new opportunities and addressing the challenges we face. Most of all, I’m excited to be working with the talented, dedicated people employed throughout the district, and building on the excellent work you’ve been doing.
In future columns, I’ll be sharing my thoughts with you on various projects and initiatives in more detail. For now, I’d like to give you a sense of where my focus will be. The safety of our employees and the traveling public is my top priority. Additionally, I’ll continue to foster relationships with our regional and local partners, who have played such an important role in the district’s success. I’m also going to make sure we continue to meet our project delivery commitments. In this issue of Inside 7, you’ll read about the Break for Excellence Ice Cream Social hosted by our executive staff to recognize District 7’s 100% delivery achievement. I have complete confidence that we’ll have many of these celebrations in the coming years.
With 2,500 employees, 100 million vehicle miles traveled daily, and $1 billion in transportation projects currently underway in District 7, this is a vibrant, exciting place to work – an agency that’s frequently on transportation’s cutting edge. I’m honored to serve as District 7’s Director, and I’m looking forward to working with all of you to create the safest, most efficient freeway system in the world.