Virginia and California DOTs Name New Chief Engineers

AASHTO Journal, 21 December 2012

Both the Virginia Department of Transportation and the California Department of Transportation announced new chief engineers recently.

Garrett Moore, P.E., was named VDOT chief engineer last Friday by VDOT Commissioner Greg Whirley.

Caltrans also announced Tuesday that Karla Sutliff, a 26-year Caltrans veteran, has taken over as the agency’s chief engineer. Sutliff’s appointment means she is the first woman in Caltrans history to hold the position of chief engineer. She began her new role last week.

Moore is succeeding Malcolm Kerley, P.E., who is retiring from VDOT this month after spending 40 years building roads and bridges in the state.

“Garrett brings incredible knowledge, experience and sound judgment to a very challenging role in the agency,” Whirley said in a statement. “Garrett has what it takes to lead VDOT’s construction and maintenance program, making it better for the millions of people who drive Virginia’s roads every day.”

Moore has lead VDOT’s northern Virginia and Staunton districts through the years, working on such large-scale projects as the 495 Express Lanes, the early phases of the 95 Express Lanes, the 25-mile resurfacing of the Fairfax County Parkway, and the I-81 projects. Previously, Moore served as an engineer officer in the U.S. Marine Corps and was assistant resident engineer in Fredericksburg and resident engineer in Warrenton.

Sutliff has served as chief over various Caltrans divisions during the past 11 years, including the Design, Traffic Operations, and Project Management divisions. She also served as acting director of Caltrans’ District 8 in 2008.

“I have worked with Karla throughout her career and have confidence that she will provide the leadership necessary to build upon past success by being innovative while looking at new, effective ways to improve California’s transportation system,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. ​​​

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