McMurray named FMCSA’s chief safety officer

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U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary E. Peters announced Friday, Jan. 5, that Rose A. McMurray has been appointed chief safety officer and assistant administrator for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. McMurray has been FMCSA’s associate administrator for policy and program development since 2003.

McMurray has more than 30 years of experience at the U.S. Department of Transportation, serving in a variety of associate administrator and other senior leadership roles in several operating administrations, including the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; the Federal Highway Administration, when that agency was responsible for commercial motor vehicle safety; and the former Research and Special Programs Administration, where she served as acting administrator for one year.

“Rose has dedicated her entire career to transportation safety,” Peters says. “Her numerous highway safety positions and solid results bring an impressive safety background to her new appointment. She has the experience we need to succeed in our effort to reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities involving large trucks and buses.”

Appointed to the senior executive service in 1989, McMurray has been recognized with numerous honors throughout her career, including the Senior Executive Service Presidential Rank Award, the Secretary of Transportation’s Meritorious Achievement Award, and the Secretary’s Gold Medal for Leading DOT Efforts during the Midwest Floods. She has served on the board of advisers for the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Currently, and for the second time in her career, she is a member of the board of advisers for the National Safety Council.