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Governor Gavin Newsom (D) has named Tony Tavares (seen above) as the next director of the California Department of Transportation, known as Caltrans – a position the requires conformation by the state senate.

[Above photo by Caltrans]

He replaces Toks Omishakin who became secretary of the California State Transportation Agency or CalSTA in February.

“Tony Tavares has dedicated his career to serving the people of California, with decades of leadership and deep experience overseeing critical transportation issues spanning the state,” said Gov. Newsom in a statement. “I look forward to his continued partnership in advancing our innovative efforts to create safer and more sustainable communities throughout the state.”

Tavares currently serves as director of District 7 for Caltrans – a position he has held since 2020. He’s held numerous positions with Caltrans during his 30-year career with the agency, including director of District 4, chief of the division of maintenance, chief of the division of right-of-way and land surveys, and assistant division chief of construction.

Tavares is a graduate of University of California-Davis with a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering.



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