New Jersey's state senate confirmed Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti as the 19th commissioner for the New Jersey Department of Transportation on June 7. Appointed to the position in December of last year, Gutierrez-Scaccetti has been serving as she awaited confirmation.
In a statement, Gutierrez-Scaccetti said she plans to "continue her work" managing New Jersey's "multi-faceted" transportation network, as NJDOT's commissioner also serves as the chair of New Jersey Transit, the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, and the South Jersey Transportation Authority.
With 28 years of experience as a transportation professional and 34 years of government service under her belt, Gutierrez-Scaccetti also "looks forward" to expanding her "Commitment to Communities" initiative, which seeks to ensure local governments succeed in delivering transportation projects that improve the quality of life for those traveling in and through New Jersey.
Gutierrez-Scaccetti's experience includes a stint as executive director and CEO at Florida's Turnpike Enterprise, a part of the Florida Department of Transportation. Prior to that, she spent 21 years at the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, working her way up from a contract administrator to the post of executive director, a position she held from 2008 to 2010.
During her tenure, she managed the day-to-day administrative operations and was chief negotiator for the agency's several collective bargaining units. Her work included the remediation of the E-ZPass System, the financial and operational consolidation of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority and New Jersey Highway Authority, bringing the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway under a single organization.
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