Big changes at the Oregon Transportation Commission
The Oregon Transportation Commission will experience big changes, with Chair Pat Egan leaving for a job in Nevada and Mary Olson resigning due to failing health.
Pat Egan, who joined the Commission as chair in 2011, will resign his position to take a job in Nevada overseeing NV Energy's customer service group. Starting at the Commission’s February meeting, Dave Lohman will step in as acting chair until the governor nominates and the Oregon Senate confirms a new chair.
ODOT Director Matthew Garrett lauded Egan’s intellect, passion, and record of leadership. “Pat’s leadership on transportation in Oregon has extended more than a decade, from his service to Governor Kitzhaber and Governor Kulongoski to his time at the Port of Portland and his leadership of the Oregon Transportation Commission,” Garrett said. “Many of our most important programs—particularly ConnectOregon—bear his fingerprints, and we will forever be grateful for all Pat has done for the agency, the Commission, and Oregon’s transportation system.”
Mary Olson, who joined the Commission in 2010, brought her expertise in finance to many issues, including the mileage-based user fee program which charges travelers based on how many miles they drive, as well as the financing of the Columbia River Crossing I-5 Bridge Replacement Project.
Garrett expressed his appreciation for Olson’s service. “We can never thank her enough for her time and energy. Nevertheless, I thank her for her contributions over many years, for her sound financial counsel, for her support of ODOT, and for being my friend. She has made me a better director and most importantly, she has made ODOT a better agency.”
Governor Kitzhaber has nominated Susan Morgan to fill the position vacated by Olson. Morgan, a Douglas County Commissioner who formerly served in the Oregon House, has been deeply involved in regional and statewide transportation issues, including serving on the South West Area Commission on Transportation and as a member of the Oregon Rail Funding Task Force in 2011.
Commissioner Mary Olson