Contra Costa snaps up Caltrans chief



Caltrans chief Randy Iwasaki has been hired as the new executive director at the Contra Costa Transportation Authority.

Iwasaki will succeed the venerable Robert McCleary, who retired a few months ago from the agency that oversees the county’s transportation dollars including the prooceds of the half-cent sales tax.

Iwasaki is a highly regarded transportation expert appointed last August as Caltrans’  director by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. With the governor about to term out of office at the end of the year, we can expect to see the departure of many of his appointees.

According to a CCTA press release, Iwasaki will take on his new duties in mid-April.

Read on for the full press release.

The Contra Costa Transportation Authority announced the appointment of Randell ‘Randy’ Iwasaki as its new Executive Director, effective in mid-April. He is currently the Director of the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), having been appointed to that position by Governor Schwarzenegger in August 2009.

As Caltrans Director, Mr. Iwasaki is responsible for the operation of the state’s transportation system and oversees an annual budget of almost $14 billion and a staff of more than 22,000. Prior to his promotion to the position of Director, he worked for 26 years at Caltrans in high-level engineering and management positions, including Chief Deputy Director (2004-2009) and the Director of Caltrans District 4 in the Bay Area from September 2001 to November 2002.

Mr. Iwasaki earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and a master’s degree in engineering from California State University, Fresno.

‘We are very pleased that Randy has decided to accept our offer to become the Executive Director of the Contra Costa Transportation Authority,’ said Authority Chair Robert Taylor on behalf of the Authority board. ‘We are proud that our agency has the reputation for delivery and quality that make it a good fit for a person of Randy’s caliber and qualifications.’

The Contra Costa Transportation Authority was established in 1989, following voter approval of Measure C—a countywide transportation sales tax. Subsequently, the sales tax was renewed by Measure J in 2004. The measure funds highways, local streets and roads, transit and various transportation programs, including growth management/transportation coordination. The agency also functions as Contra Costa’s congestion management agency.

Lisa Vorderbrueggen

  • shana Lindsey

    Just wanted to congratulate you in you new position. Hope you enjoy it. Call me sometime. I sent you an email at your Caltrans address. You must have been busy. Good luck and hope to hear from you soon. 8016330164.

  • John Wesley McCracken

    Best Wishes in your new job.

  • Virginia Tomasian

    Dear Randy: Best wishes to you in your new position as Executive Director of the Contra Costa Transportation Authority. You will be sorely missed at Caltrans–take care!!