Robin Hutcheson is resigning as head of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
Hutcheson, who joined the Department of Transportation as a deputy assistant secretary in 2021, will leave the FMSCA on Jan. 26, according to an agency statement. Sue Lawless, FMCSA executive director and chief safety officer, will serve as deputy administrator and lead the agency as an interim head.
Hutcheson was the first U.S. Senate-confirmed FMCSA leader since Trump Administration appointee Raymond Martinez resigned in 2019. Between his departure and Hutcheson’s confirmation in September 2022, the agency that regulates interstate trucking was overseen by four acting leaders, including Hutcheson.
“Administrator Hutcheson led FMCSA through a critical time as the pandemic, natural disasters, workforce shortages, and supply chain disruptions challenged the freight economy in ways never seen before,” Chris Spear, American Trucking Associations president and CEO, said on Jan. 19. “America’s trucking industry is the heartbeat of this nation, and we depend on partners in government like Administrator Hutcheson who value data and stakeholder input to meet real-world needs and ensure the safe movement of freight across our nation’s highways. We applaud her communication, transparency, and commitment to ATA and our members, and we wish her well in her future endeavors.”