Roger Millar

Secretary of Transportation Roger Millar
Roger Millar
Secretary of Transportation
Washington State Department of Transportation

Roger Millar was appointed Secretary of Transportation by Governor Jay Inslee in August 2016. He joined the WSDOT as Deputy Secretary in October 2015 and was appointed Acting Secretary in February 2016.

Millar oversees an agency that is the steward of a multimodal transportation system and responsible for ensuring that people and goods move safely and efficiently. In addition to building, maintaining, and operating the state highway system, WSDOT is responsible for the state ferry system, and works in partnership with others to maintain and improve local roads, railroads and airports, as well as to support alternatives to driving, such as public transportation, bicycles and pedestrian programs.

Millar is a second generation civil engineer with 40 years of experience in the transportation arena. During that time he has worked in construction, design, planning, research, policy development, management and administration in both the public and private sectors. Millar has served as public works director, city and county planning director, arterial streets manager and vice president of a multi-national engineering firm, among other assignments. Prior to joining WSDOT, Roger served for five years as vice president of Smart Growth America, a national not-for-profit organization, providing technical assistance to state transportation agencies in Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon, Tennessee and Vermont. During that time he also served as director of the National Complete Streets Coalition. Teams Roger led have won national, state and local awards for planning and project delivery. Those awards included the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organization’s National Award for Outstanding Achievement in Metropolitan Transportation Planning, and the American Consulting Engineers Council Honor Award.

A graduate of the University of Virginia, Millar is a registered engineer in Washington and five other states. He was elected a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in 1999 and received the ASCE President’s Medal in 2016 and the ASCE Outstanding Public Official Award in 2017. Millar was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners in 2018. He is currently Vice President of the Western Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials and a member of the ASCE Board of Direction, the Intelligent Transportation Society of America Board of Directors, The National Operations Center of Excellence Board of Directors, and the National Complete Streets Association Steering Committee. Millar has served as president of the Oregon Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers and of the Montana Association of Planners. He is married to Candis Millar, the former planning director of Billings, Montana (retired 2016), and has two teenage children and a black lab named Ouzel.

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