Senate confirms Hill for top FMCSA post

Before adjourning for its August recess, the U.S. Senate confirmed John Hill as administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Hill, who has been with the agency since June 2003, replaces Annette Sandberg, who left the agency in March. Hill previously was FMCSA’s assistant administrator and chief safety officer since June 2003.

“John Hill possesses decades of experience in law enforcement and commercial motor vehicle safety,” said acting Secretary of Transportation Maria Cino. “We appreciate that the Senate made it a priority to confirm John before their recess, and I know he will be an exceptional FMCSA administrator.”

Most of Hill’s career – from 1974 to 2003 – was with the Indiana State Police, 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.

“As an industry, we face many challenges in moving the nation’s goods in a safe, efficient, secure and environmentally sound manner,” said Bill Graves, president and chief executive officer of the American Trucking Associations. “As the chief safety officer of FMCSA, John Hill has demonstrated an understanding of those challenges and a great willingness to bridge the operational needs of the trucking industry with the regulatory responsibilities of the agency. I look forward to working with John in his new position. And I congratulate him on his confirmation by the Senate.”