Head of California's DOT to leave post

| 1/29/2004

Jeff Morales has resigned as the head of the California Department of Transportation, a spokesperson for the agency confirmed Jan. 28.

His resignation is effective March 1, 2004.

Morales has served as head of the $10 billion, 20,000-employees agency since 2000. He was an appointee of former Gov. Gray Davis, who was recalled from office in 2003.

Morales has a long history in the field of transportation: He formerly served as executive vice president at the Chicago Transit Authority, according to the Caltrans Web site. He was also a senior staff member for former Vice President Al Gore's National Performance Review, the task force to reinvent the federal government, and served with the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Dennis Trujillo of Caltrans’ External Affairs Department said Morales was leaving his post to pursue other opportunities. No replacement has been identified at this time.