New Leadership at the Oregon Transportation Commission & ODOT
A new month signals a new era for the Oregon Transportation Commission and ODOT. The commission, which oversees the state’s transportation system and ODOT, has a new chair.
Robert Van Brocklin, a lawyer with Oregon’s largest law firm, Stoel Rives LLP, has taken the gavel from Tammy Baney who served two terms on the commission and oversaw the passage of House Bill 2017, the state’s largest ever transportation investment.
“I look forward to leading the commission,” said Van Brocklin. “It is critical that we fully implement House Bill 2017 – the Transportation Funding Act – and actively pursue innovation to modernize and diversify transportation services in Oregon,” Van Brocklin said.
At its meeting in The Dalles, the commission appointed Kris Stickler as ODOT’s deputy director. The commission offered Strickler the director position, and his appointment awaits senate confirmation, which should occur in November. As deputy, Strickler will have all the duties of director. That appointment begins on October 7. Paul Mather, who took the position after the departure of Matthew Garrett, will return to his role as assistant highway administrator on that date.
Chair Van Brocklin also named Alando Simpson as vice chair. Simpson is the longest serving member of the current commission. He is CEO of City of Roses Disposal and Recycling in Portland. “The state of Oregon has made significant investments into the future of our transportation system,” said Commissioner Simpson. “I am eager to pursue the opportunity to further influence ODOT’s role as a sustainable and innovative transportation agency for the 21st century.”
The Dalles also saw the first in-person meeting for newly appointed Commissioner Sharon Smith. Smith, from Bend, is a legal counsel for the Bend-La Pine School District.
“I’m excited to use my transportation knowledge and land use skills and extensive contracting experience to help improve the department’s goal of delivering innovative and efficient transportation solutions,” Smith said.
To listen to an in-depth interview with Chair Van Brocklin, see this video on ODOT’s YouTube.com page.
Find video and a short interview with new commissioner Sharon Smith on our DropBox page.
To read bios on all five commissioners, go to the OTC member’s page on ODOT’s website.