"Your professionalism and competence were on ample display during the Ridgecrest-area earthquakes earlier this month. I saw firsthand how impressively this organization responds to major events."
With hot weather fully upon us, first-line supervisors have direct responsibility to implement the Department’s Heat Illness Prevention Plan to ensure that it is an effective part of the overall Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP).
Marlon Flournoy has been promoted to Chief of the Division of Transportation Planning, effective Aug. 1. Marlon is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) through the Project Management Institute. Marlon began his career with Caltrans in 1999 and has more than 20 years of transportation planning experience at the state and local levels and more than 10 years of supervision, management and executive experience.
Dan McElhinney, who for 17 years served as the District 4 Chief Deputy District Director and Caltrans Toll Bridge Program Manager, became Caltrans District 10 Director in April. In his District 4 duties, McElhinney worked with more than 3,000 Caltrans employees in cooperation with federal, regional and local partners, including the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the nine Bay Area counties.
Mel Berning, who for 24 years was a civil engineer for the Division of Highways, now Caltrans, died earlier this year. The beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend passed away peacefully on March 22, surrounded by his loving wife and family.
Norman Charles Brinkmeyer, who worked 39 years for Caltrans as a civil engineer, finishing his career as head of maintenance for Los Angeles and Ventura counties, died May 1 in Sonora. Norm enlisted in the Navy at age 17. He graduated from USC in 1948 and was a lifelong Trojan fan. In 1951 he was recalled to active duty in the Korean War.
Phillip Stanley Butcher, who worked in the Division of Highways (now Caltrans) construction survey department as a transit “gunner” back in the 1960s, died on June 19. Nancy Ryman, one of Phillip’s three surviving siblings, said he will truly be missed by his family and friends, who loved him dearly.
John Dawson, who for more than 30 years was a road maintenance worker for Caltrans, died unexpectedly on April 7 at the Renown Medical Center in Reno. John joined the Marines when he was 18 and served in combat in the Vietnam War. He was proud to be a Marine and happy to serve his country.
Xavier C. Floyd, a beloved member of our District 8 Division of Operations, Traffic Management Team since 2001, died unexpectedly on April 30. Xavier was born on March 31, 1957, in Albany, Ga. She resided in Ontario at the time of her passing.
Former Caltrans bridge engineer Herbert Jensen, 84, of San Andreas passed away peacefully at his home on June 19. Recruited by Caltrans Bridge Department, Herbert was the resident engineer for the Tuolumne River Bridge (James Robert Memorial Bridge) and Chief of Externally Financed Bridge Projects. He retired in 1992.
Ronald David Lemmon, who worked for Caltrans for 40 years, died Sept. 29, 2018, after a brief illness. While earning his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Nevada, Reno, he worked on Caltrans road crews.
Charles “Chuck” Seim, P.E., who worked 25 years for what is now Caltrans, died April 28 in San Francisco. Chuck served the industry for more than 50 years, 24 of which were spent as Senior Vice President for T.Y. Lin International (TYLI), which he joined in 1980.
It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Gabriel Velonza, an Equipment Operator II. Gabe died suddenly on June 14. He has been a valued and respected member of our Caltrans family since June 2006 and will be missed immensely.
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