SPECIAL REPORT: Sandberg resigns from FMCSA’s top post

| 2/1/2006

Annette Sandberg, administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, has submitted her letter of resignation to the president.

Sandberg's resignation is effective March 1. She became the second administrator of FMCSA on Aug. 1, 2003.

According to her letter of resignation, obtained by Land Line, Sandberg wrote that her time with FMCSA "has truly been the opportunity of a life time." She did not cite any reason for the resignation or hint to her plans for the future in the letter.

However, the three-paragraph resignation letter did outline what Sandberg saw to be the successes of the agency during her time as administrator.

"During my 3 year tenure we have made significant strides in improving commercial motor vehicle safety and security on our Nation's highways," she wrote.

Sandberg noted in her letter that the agency had reduced its regulatory backlog by more than 68 percent and provided additional enforcement focus at the local, state and federal level, which resulted in "the lowest truck fatality rate since the collection of data began in 1975."

Before her stint in Washington, DC, Sandberg served as chief of the Washington State Patrol for six years. When appointed to the position in 1995, she was the first woman in the country to lead a state police agency, according to her biography on the FMCSA Web site.

Sandberg's first post in Washington, DC, came about when Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta appointed her deputy administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Feb. 11, 2002.

In November 2002, head of FMCSA, Joseph M. Clapp, announced his plans to retire at the end of the year. Mineta then appointed Sandberg as deputy administrator of FMCSA. Once Clapp retired, Mineta tapped Sandberg as acting administrator.

President Bush nominated Sandberg to the post of administrator in early 2003. She was confirmed by the Senate later that year.

- Jami Jones, senior editor