July 1, 2019
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SALEM — The Oregon Transportation Commission today named retired ODOT Highway Division Administrator Paul Mather as ODOT Interim Deputy Director. The action came at a special meeting of the Commission in Salem.
“It is an opportunity that is bittersweet,” said Commission Chair Tammy Baney. “It’s a time of transition when we must find someone who holds the trust and confidence of those at ODOT. Given the relationships Mr. Mather has with stakeholders and the Legislature – I have trust and confidence in his ability to move forward with the intentions of the OTC. He has a deep understanding of the projects in front of us. He is the right person at the right time.”
The action comes after ODOT Director, Matthew Garrett, stepped down after 14 years. On June 20, 2019, the Commission named the agency’s Portland headquarters as the Matthew L. Garrett Building.
Mather joined ODOT in 1984 as a traffic engineer in Portland. Over the years, he has worked in construction, maintenance and project development in Regions 1, 2 and 3, as well as at agency headquarters in Salem. He served as a district manager in Coos Bay before becoming the Region 3 manager in 1993. He served as Highway Division Administrator from 2010-2018.
Paul is a licensed Professional Engineer. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Oregon State University and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Lewis and Clark College.
You can view a recording of the Commission meeting on YouTube.
The Commission expects to appoint a new director by September, subject to Oregon Senate confirmation.