Robin Hutcheson selected to lead FMCSA

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Robin Hutcheson has been named deputy administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg announced Jan. 19.

As deputy administrator, Hutcheson will serve as the agency’s acting administrator.

For the past year, Hutcheson has served as deputy undersecretary for security policy at the Department of Transportation.

She replaces Meera Joshi, who left the agency in January to serve as deputy mayor for New York operations. Joshi had been President Joe Biden’s nominee to serve as FMCSA administrator, but her nomination was delayed and did not receive a final vote in Congress.

In his prior role at DOT, Hutcheson led safety policy for DOT and coordinated other critical efforts, including COVID-19 response and recovery. She was instrumental in shaping bipartisan infrastructure law, particularly the new Safe Streets and Roads for All program, according to a FMCSA statement.

Prior to her appointment to the Biden administration, she was director of public works for the city of Minneapolis, overseeing a team of 1,100 people in nine divisions, including drinking water, surface water and sewer, solid waste and recycling, fleet management and all transportation. functions.

She previously served as the Director of Transportation in Salt Lake City, working to improve all modes of transportation. Hutcheson has also been a transport and transit consultant and has worked throughout the western United States, London and France, as well as for the European Union Commission on Sustainable Development.

In addition, she spent seven years on the board of directors of the National Association of City Transportation Officials, of which she recently served as president.

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“We congratulate Deputy Administrator Hutcheson on this new role and look forward to working with her on our common goal of traffic safety,” Chris Spear, president of the American Trucking Associations, said in a statement. “If she is formally nominated to serve as a trustee, we will support her nomination.”

Spear added, “She takes on this role at a critical time, as the pandemic, natural disasters, labor shortages and other factors continue to challenge the freight economy in ways never seen before. previously. The U.S. trucking industry is the backbone of our economy, and we depend on government partners who value data and stakeholder feedback to meet real-world needs and keep goods moving on our nation’s highways safely. .

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