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Washington Transportation Secretary Hammond to retire

Washington's Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond announced on Tuesday, Feb. 19, that she would be retiring in March.

Lynn Peterson, transportation adviser to Oregon Gov. Kitzhaber, will replace Hammond as the new secretary of transportation, Gov. Inslee's office announced on Tuesday.

In a letter to staff, Hammond said she would be retiring on March 8 after 34 years with the department.

"From my first assignment as an asphalt plant inspector, to my final position as your secretary of transportation, I have been proud to be a part of the WSDOT family that is rich with committed individuals who can be counted on in any emergency, and who always put the public's safety first," wrote Hammond in a letter to staff.

Peterson was named the Oregon governor's sustainable communities and transportation policy adviser in 2011. She was previously the chairwoman of the Clackamas Board of County Commissioners.

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