WASHINGTON — Longtime Louisiana Motor Transport Association Executive Director Cathy Gautreaux will soon be named deputy administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
A notice on the LMTA website announced that she would be leaving the association after 32 years, 29 as executive director, to accept a leadership position at FMCSA, but the announcement did not say what position.
Reliable sources told The Trucker that Gautreaux will become deputy administrator, the No. 2 position at the agency.
She will replace Daphne Y. Jefferson, who is retiring.
Jefferson became the deputy administrator in February 2015 after serving as the counselor to the chief of staff at the U.S. Department of Transportation in the Office of the Secretary.
When asked about Gautreaux coming to FMCSA, a spokesperson would only say the FMCSA will “continue to make personnel announcements when appropriate.”
The announcement on the TMTA website said the association’s executive committee has initiated the process to find Gautreaux’s successor and hoped to have a new leader in place to get acclimated to the position in preparation for the 2018 Louisiana legislative session.
Gautreaux is well known and respected among trucking stakeholders.
She is a past national chairman of the American Trucking Associations Executives’ Council (TAEC), which comprises staff executives of state trucking associations and conferences affiliated with ATA and received the ATA vice president’s TAEC Leadership Award in 2012.
The ATA said Gautreaux received the award for her leadership, dedication and achievements on behalf of the trucking industry in Louisiana.
The FMCSA is without an administrator as the agency awaits the likely confirmation of Ray Martinez, who appeared before the Senate Science, Commerce and Transportation Committee Tuesday.