The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

May 27, 2010
Schwarzenegger names new Caltrans director

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has promoted Caltrans Chief Deputy Director Cindy McKim to the department's top post.

McKim, 57, is Caltrans' third director in less than a year. She replaces Randell Iwasaki, who left last month to become executive director for the Contra Costa Transportation Authority. His new job pays $190,000 per year.

Iwasaki replaced Will Kempton, who quit Caltrans to work for the Orange County Transportation Authority to the tune of $255,000 annually.

Caltrans' top job pays $142,965 per year and requires Senate confirmation.

Assuming McKim is confirmed, the appointment will be the 11th time she has changed jobs a 25-year Caltrans career that included a stint as the department's chief financial officer from 2004 to 2009.

McKim lives in Roseville and is a registered Democrat. She graduated from the University of San Francisco with a Bachelor of Science degree in organizational behavior.

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