CVSA elects new president, officers

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Major Mark Savage of the Colorado State Patrol was elected president of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance this week during the organization’s Annual Conference & Exhibition in Portland, Maine. Savage served as CVSA vice president for 2011-2012. The CVSA membership also elected Sergeant Thomas Fuller from the New York State Police as vice president and Captain William Reese from the Idaho State Police as secretary/treasurer. A new CVSA Executive Committee also was elected.

Savage has been with the Colorado State Patrol for 18 years. In 2010, he was promoted to his current rank of major and assigned as the commander of the Motor Carrier Services Branch. He currently supervises the Port of Entry, Motor Carrier Safety Section, Hazardous Materials Section and Special Enforcement Section.

“I am honored to represent CVSA as the president,” Savage said. “I will work diligently with our partners to promote the Alliance’s mission of improving commercial vehicle safety and security. To that end, my focus for the next year will be on four points – data quality and uniformity, enhanced communication with stakeholders, strengthening partnerships and developing leaders.”

CVSA President’s Awards were presented by
David Palmer – assistant chief with the Texas Department of Public Safety, who served as CVSA president until September – to associate member Mike Tallaksen from Frontier Logistics, Kerri Wirachowsky from the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, and Larry Stern, who has served the commercial vehicle safety industry in many capacities over his 42-year career, most recently as CVSA’s director of the Level VI Inspection Program. Stern is retiring at the end of the year.