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Gov. Inslee appoints Roger Millar acting secretary of transportation

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Roger Millar

Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed Roger Millar to be the acting Secretary of Transportation for the Washington State Department of Transportation.

The move comes after the Senate voted on Friday to fire Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson three years after she was appointed to the position by the governor.

Millar has been the Deputy Secretary for WSDOT since October, and he has worked in transportation for nearly 38 years.

“WSDOT is fortunate to have Roger, an accomplished engineer and transportation leader, to step up in this pivotal leadership role,” Inslee said in a statement Wednesday.

“Roger is not only an outstanding manager, he’s committed to furthering the innovative work happening throughout WSDOT.”

Inslee has sharply criticized the Senate’s firing of Peterson, but said earlier this week it’s his job to work around the decision.