Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger recently appointed Cindy McKim as director of the California Department of Transportation, replacing Randy Iwasaki, who resigned in April to become the executive director of the Contra Costa Transportation Authority.

“Cindy McKim is committed to improving our roads and infrastructure to meet the needs of future generations,” says Governor Schwarzenegger. “With many years of experience with Caltrans, she understands the impact that our transportation system has on businesses and job creation. Cindy shares my desire to see California grow and change to meet the needs of an ever growing population.”    

McKim has served at Caltrans since 1985, most recently as chief deputy director, a position she has held since 2009. Prior to that, she held the positions of chief financial officer from 2004 to 2009, accounting division chief from 2001 to 2004, supervising transportation planner from 1999 to 2001, acting director for the administrative service center in 1999, assistant director for the administrative service center from 1996 to 1999, deputy director for rail, transit and aeronautics from 1992 to 1996, chief for the division of rail from 1990 to 1992, chief for the division of mass transportation from 1988 to 1990 and assistant director for management and policy planning from 1985 to 1988.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to continue serving Caltrans and California,” says McKim. “The needs of our state are continuously changing, and I look forward to working with the governor to make sure transportation and infrastructure improvements stay on track because they are vital to job creation and commerce.”  

McKim, 57, of Roseville, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in organizational behavior from the University of San Francisco. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $142,965. McKim is a Democrat.