Bush to nominate Hill as FMCSA administrator

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The White House announced late Tuesday May 16 that President Bush intends to nominate John Hill to be administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, replacing Annette Sandberg, who resigned from the agency March 31. Hill has been acting deputy administrator of the agency since Warren Hoemann’s departure as deputy administrator on May 13.

Hill joined FMCSA in June 2003 as assistant administrator and chief safety officer for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Among his accomplishments cited by the White House are department lead for pandemic influenza and the secretary representative concerning Hurricane Katrina.

Prior to his current position, Hill was a member of the Indiana State Police from 1974 to 2003, including a stint as commercial vehicle enforcement commander from 1989 to 1994 and from 2000 to 2003. He also worked on several national committees concerning transportation-related issues. In 1991 he served on the Commercial Vehicle Information Systems (CVIS) Committee and later worked on the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators’ Task Force for Identification Security. He is a 1973 graduate of Taylor University with a BA in political science.

Also on Tuesday, the Department of Transportation announced that David Hugel, administrator for the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration, has been named FMCSA deputy administrator.