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Karla Sutliff

Chief Engineer & Deputy Director

Karla Sutliff, Chief Engineer & Deputy Director

Karla Sutliff is currently the Chief Engineer and Deputy Director for Project Delivery. She is responsible for all engineering aspects of the department's construction projects statewide from their design through the completion of construction. She oversees the program of more than 9,000 employees and an annual budget of $1.8 billion.

Ms. Sutliff has been with Caltrans for 30 years, and has previously served as the chief over several Caltrans divisions, including Design, Traffic Operations, and Project Management. She also filled the role of Acting District 8 (San Bernardino) Director in 2008.

Ms. Sutliff is a graduate of the University of California at Davis with a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering and is a licensed civil engineer.

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