Former Clackamas County Commission Chairwoman Lynn Peterson announced Tuesday she is leaving Oregon to take a job as Gov. Jay Inslee’s secretary of the Washington State Department of Transportation.

In February 2011, Peterson announced she was leaving the Clackamas County Commission to take a position as a policy adviser in the new Oregon governor’s office. Later that year, county commissioners named Commissioner Charlotte Lehan their new chairwoman and appointed Jamie Damon to fill Lehan’s seat. Both Damon and Lehan were defeated in the November 2012 election.

Peterson, who is from Lake Oswego, began as the sustainable communities and transportation policy adviser to Gov. John Kitzhaber beginning March 14, 2011. Peterson led the governor’s policy efforts on transportation initiatives including high-speed rail and highway planning.

“We need an innovative approach to fixing a transportation network that is outdated and hampering our economic growth,” Inslee said in a press release on Feb. 19. “Lynn has the experience, creativity and leadership skills to help Washington build a transportation system for the 21st century. And we’ll do that in a way that more efficiently moves people and goods and reduces carbon emissions.”

Peterson has worked as a strategic planning manager for TriMet, was a transportation advocate for 1000 Friends of Oregon and a transportation planner for Metro. Peterson helped manage Kitzhaber’s 10-year Energy Action Plan to focus on the Electric Highway from British Columbia to Baja California and is credited with helping accelerate commercial fleet turnover to alternative fuels.

“I am honored to have served Governor Kitzhaber and the citizens of Oregon,” she said. “Together, we have made significant progress leveraging more investment for Oregon communities to meet their economic, social and environmental goals with less revenue. These values hold true for all citizens in the Northwest. I am pleased to be joining Governor Inslee's cabinet to help meet his desire to efficiently and cost-effectively build safe and healthy communities everywhere in the state of Washington.”

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