With no one having yet been named to fill the agency’s top administrative post in the wake of Annette Sandberg’s resignation, the FMCSA’s second in command has resigned. Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta has accepted the resignation of Warren Hoemann, deputy administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
Hoemann’s resignation is effective May 13. At that time, John Hill, currently FMCSA assistant administrator and chief safety officer, will become acting deputy administrator until a replacement is appointed, an agency spokesman told Land Line.
Hoemann’s resignation comes on the heels of Sandberg’s departure from the agency on March 31. She announced her resignation in February, saying that she wanted to spend more time with family. No one has been designated to serve as acting director once Hoemann leaves.
In his letter of resignation, Hoemann did not offer a reason for resigning. He did, however, say that one of his personal highlights during his three years at FMCSA was “guiding the FMCSA headquarters response during Hurricane Katrina.”
Prior to being named deputy administrator, Hoemann was chief counsel for the FMCSA. Before joining the federal agency, Hoemann had been with the California Trucking Association.
Unlike Hoemann, the man who will be acting deputy administrator upon Hoemann’s departure does have some on-road background. Hill was with the Indiana State Police from 1974 to 2003, where he served as the commander of the commercial vehicle enforcement division from 1989 to 1994 and again from 2000 to 2003. He also commanded the field enforcement and logistics divisions for the State Police.
Hill has also served on several national committees related to commercial transportation prior to going to work for the FMCSA, including working with the Commercial Vehicle Information Systems Committee, the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators Task Force for Identification Security.
– By Coral Beach, staff editor