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Retiring Deputy Secretary Metcalf Sets Off Series of Transitions at Washington State DOT

OLYMPIA, WA — Secretary of Transportation Roger Millar announces the appointments of several key positions in his agency’s executive leadership team. The upcoming retirement of the Washington State Department of Transportation’s (WSDOT) second in command, Deputy Secretary Keith Metcalf, set these changes in motion, which include new appointments for Assistant Secretary of Washington State Ferries Amy Scarton; Assistant Secretary of Urban Mobility & Access Patty Rubstello; and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Mega Programs Julie Meredith.

Scarton will serve as WSDOT’s Deputy Secretary. Scarton was appointed to the helm of WSF in 2017 and is credited with the completion of the first ferries long range plan in more than a decade. Working to reduce transportation emissions, she initiated a program to electrify the state ferry fleet and convert some of the largest ferries to hybrid power. Scarton also shepherded the first new ferry terminal to open in 40 years at Mukilteo.

Rubstello will serve as the new Assistant Secretary of WSF. Rubstello created and led the Office of Urban Mobility & Access. With 30 years at WSDOT, Rubstello has experience in design, construction, planning, and traffic operations, and in 2015 served as the agency’s Assistant Secretary for Tolling.

Meredith will serve as the Assistant Secretary of Urban Mobility & Access, while also continuing to oversee the more than $6 billion investments in the Puget Sound area “mega” programs. Meredith has more than 30 years at WSDOT, and highlights of her career include the delivery of the SR 520 bridge and the State Route 99 tunnel.

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