July 6, 2009
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Kempton Leaves Caltrans to Head OCTA
Will Kempton, head of California DOT (Caltrans) for the past five years, is joining the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) in Orange, CA, as its next chief executive officer. He plans to begin Aug. 3 and succeed Art Leahy, who left OCTA to head Los Angeles Metro.
Kempton is a 35-year veteran of the transportation industry, appointed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2004 to run Caltrans. He will remain at that post until July 31.
“Finding a new CEO for OCTA with Will Kempton’s transportation knowledge and experience at a time like this is a grand-slam home run for us and for everyone in Orange County,” said OCTA Chairman Peter Buffa. “Will is one of the most respected leaders in transportation in the country, with a rock-solid reputation that will serve us well.”
Kempton also recently served as assistant city manager for the city of Folsom and on the city’s park and recreation commission.
“Will has been an incredible driving force behind rebuilding California’s infrastructure and especially instrumental in quickly moving federal stimulus dollars out the door to transportation projects around the state,” Schwarzenegger said. “I want to extend my sincere gratitude to Will for his incredible work and service to the people of California, and I wish him the very best in all his future endeavors.”
The governor named Randell H. Iwasaki to succeed Kempton at Caltrans, effective Aug. 1. Iwasaki has held several engineering and managerial positions at Caltrans over the past 26 years, serving as chief deputy director since 2005.