Hugel joins FMCSA, named acting administrator

| 5/15/2006

In less than a month after the post was vacated, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will have a new deputy administrator.

And, not only did FMCSA get a new deputy administrator out of the deal, the agency will also have a new acting administrator.

Internal FMCSA correspondence obtained by Land Line confirms that David Hugel was named deputy administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and is to assume the post on May 30. At that time he is also to become acting administrator of the agency.

The post of acting deputy administrator was filled by John Hill, FMCSA assistant administrator and chief safety officer, starting May 13, after the resignation of the previous deputy administrator, Warren Hoemann.

Hugel most recently served as the administrator of the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration.

In the six years before working with the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration, he worked as an on-site consultant at the U.S. Department of Transportation assisting the FMCSA and the Federal Highway Administration’s Office of Motor Carriers, according biographical information on the Maryland governor’s Web site.

Hugel was involved in a wide variety of issues ranging from implementation of congressionally mandated changes for commercial drivers licenses to a comprehensive review and revision of federal motor carrier safety regulations.

From 1987 to 1995, he was director of government affairs for the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators, or AAMVA. Hugel has lectured nationally on criminal justice and highway safety legal issues for AAMVA, the American Bar Association and the Federal Highway Administration, among others, according to the Web site.

He is a graduate of the University of Baltimore where he received a master’s degree in criminal justice as well as a law degree. Hugel served in the U.S. Marine Corps for four years and is a Vietnamvet.

– By Jami Jones