Dennis T. Agar, PE
District 10 Director
Dennis T. Agar was appointed to the position of Caltrans District 10 Director in June 2014. Dennis has over 24 years of diverse and valuable Caltrans experience including a wide variety of managerial, supervisory, and technical experience from the district and headquarters.
As District Director, Dennis oversees several programs including: Planning and Local Assistance; Administration; Program Project Management and Maintenance and Operations. Dennis is responsible for approximately 504 permanent and 85 temporary help employees and 3,556 lane miles. He oversees an annual budget of $75.6 million and over $3 billion worth of programs and highway construction projects.
District 10 is a geographically diverse district lying in the northern San Joaquin Valley encompassing eight counties; three urban counties on the valley floor and five rural counties located in the foothill and mountain region of the Central Sierra. The counties include Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, Mariposa, Merced, San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Tuolumne.
My vision for the future of transportation in District 10 is to:
- Strengthen partnerships;
- Enhance safety, improve system performance and provide equitable access for all transportation modes;
- Through leadership, organizational excellence and collaboration; provide sustainable and innovative transportation solutions that promote a growing economy and improve the quality of life for communities and users.
Prior to his appointment, Dennis served as the Caltrans Division Chief of Traffic Operations. Dennis assumed the duties on January 22, 2013, and was responsible for the statewide Traffic Operations Program for Safety and Mobility, with nearly 1,350 employees and a budget of about $200 million. The Division establishes statewide policies and procedures, identifies and prioritizes the programming of safety and operational improvement projects, and manages the statewide Transportation and Encroachment Permits and Outdoor Advertising programs.
Dennis spent four years as District 10's Deputy District Director of Program and Project Management before a short-term assignment as Acting Division Design Chief in Headquarters. Dennis came back to District 10 on October 19, 2009, to serve as the Caltrans District 10 Deputy District Director for Maintenance and Operations. He led District 10’s maintenance and operations for almost four years before promoting to Caltrans Division Chief of Traffic Operations. Dennis also served as Project Manager and Branch Chief of Design, in District 3/North Region, in addition to numerous engineering, staff and senior level assignments.
Dennis graduated from California State University, Sacramento with a Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer (PE) with the State of California, a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) through the Project Management Institute, and has completed the Department's Leadership Training Programs (LTP 1 & 2). Dennis and his wife Galilee have three children.