FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro resigns

By Jami Jones, Land Line managing editor | 7/25/2014

The administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Anne Ferro, announced her resignation on Friday, July 25. She will be taking the lead at the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators as president and CEO on Aug. 25.

Ferro was appointed to lead FMCSA in October 2009 by President Obama. She was the longest-serving administrator of FMCSA, and only the fourth to lead the agency since it was formed in 1999.


Anne Ferro

“It has been my greatest privilege to serve side-by-side with you to advance FMCSA’s life saving mission,” Ferro wrote in a letter to FMCSA colleagues obtained by Land Line. “While the opportunity to assume this position at AAMVA is another personal dream come true, no job can match the immense honor I have had serving President Obama, and Secretaries Foxx and LaHood with you – the dedicated individuals who persevere every day to make safe transportation a reality for all of us.”

Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx expressed his gratitude for Ferro’s leadership of FMCSA and wished her well in future endeavors.

“Anne has been a true leader in safety throughout her time at DOT and has become a trusted advisor and friend to me during my time as secretary,” Foxx said in an official statement.

“Under Anne’s leadership, FMCSA has ushered in a new culture of safety into the commercial bus and trucking industries. She has made it more difficult for companies that jeopardize the public’s well-being to stay in business and easier for consumers to make informed choices when choosing a shipper or buying a bus ticket.

“From making it easier for veterans to get jobs as commercial drivers, to shutting down more than 100 dangerous bus companies last year alone, the initiatives Anne has championed will continue to increase safety for travelers on our roads for years to come. It is a legacy we are proud to continue. In addition, Anne’s infectious enthusiasm for our work and our people has made DOT an even better place to work.

“On behalf of the entire Department and Administration, I want to thank Anne for her extraordinary tenure of service and wish her and her family well as she embarks on the next chapter of her career.”

The Owner-Operators Independent Drivers Association issued a press release congratulating Ferro and wishing her best in her new job.

“We would like to congratulate the administrator on her new position and wish her well in her new leadership of the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators,” said Jim Johnston, president of OOIDA. “She is well known for having unprecedented outreach and engagement with truckers in all the years that we have worked with the agency.”  

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