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Governor Jay Inslee has appointed Lynn Peterson, currently an adviser to Oregon's governor, as the new secretary of Washington's Department of Transportation. Peterson replaces Paula Hammond, who announced her retirement Tuesday.

Hammond sent a letter to employees Tuesday morning announcing her departure in March.

My time at WSDOT has come to an end, Hammond said in her statement. I'll be retiring from the agency on March 8th. I leave with pride in knowing that we are regarded as one of the best and most progressive transportation agencies in the country. (Read full email below)

Inslee is preparing to name several new cabinet choices, including a new secretary at the Department of Transportation. An Inslee spokesperson said the appointments would be announced in a press release Tuesday at 2 p.m.

Inslee has been in office for more than a month but has left several cabinet appointments unfilled.

More to follow.

Paula Hammond letter to staff:

Thirty four years ago, I walked through the doors of the WSDOT Lacey Project Engineer's office with my OSU degree in hand, full of nervousness and expectation, and ready to start my engineering career.
From my first assignment as an asphalt plant inspector, to my final position as your Secretary of Transportation, I have been proud to be a part of the WSDOT family that is rich with committed individuals who can be counted on in any emergency, and who always put the public's safety first.

My time at WSDOT has come to an end. I'll be retiring from the agency on March 8th. I leave with pride in knowing that we are regarded as one of the best and most progressive transportation agencies in the country.

With the nation's largest and most iconic ferry system, an ambitious capital program capably delivered, and innovative strategies that are transforming our freeway corridors, we have much to celebrate. We have delivered our mission with integrity, transparency and credibility. But, what I most admire is each one of you who are committed to improving travel for our citizens and the many of you who have dedicated your careers to public service.

Thank you all for the support you have given me over the years, and particularly in this leadership role as Secretary. We have shared many laughs, some tears, and always stood beside each other to work through the unworkable and accomplish the impossible. I wish you continued success in the future and am certain you will continue to deliver amazing results for Washington's citizens.

Stay safe out there,

Paula


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