CEAC Elects New Officers for 2014
Santa Barbara Director of Public Works to Lead
Statewide County Engineering Organization
SACRAMENTO – The County Engineers Association of California (CEAC) has elected Santa Barbara County PublicWorks Director Scott McGolpin to serve as President of the organization for the coming year. The election was held at the Association’s recent annual meeting in San Jose, Santa Clara County.
Also elected were Mike Penrose, Sacramento County Department of Transportation Director as President-Elect, and Matt Machado, Stanislaus County Director of Public Works as Secretary. Humboldt County Public Works Director Tom Mattson will serve as Past President.
"2014 will be a milestone year for the County Engineers Association of California,” said Mr. McGolpin. "CEAC will be celebrating its Centennial and our goal will be to highlight how County Engineers from all 58 Counties have been protecting California’s infrastructure in the past, and what the future holds for the next 100 years.”
CEAC’s technical expertise will be critical in the coming years as California chooses how to allocate infrastructure funding. Preliminary results of the 2012 Update of the California Statewide Local Streets and Roads Needs Assessment indicate that without new revenues for transportation, 25 percent of local roads will fail and 50 percent of local bridges will be structurally deficient and functionally obsolete in the next ten years.
Mr. McGolpin intends to use his leadership role to focus on building strong partnerships throughout the state and nation to develop the funding required to adequately address our infrastructure needs on California’s transportation system. . Also, over the next year MAP 21, the federal transportation funding bill, is scheduled to be re-authorized. "California must be at the table when discussions commence in earnest on this re-authorization” Mr. McGolpin said, "If we are not – California will be left behind!”
Mr. McGolpin, a longtime CEAC member, has been actively involved in the association since 1999 as a memberof the CEAC Board of Directors, and a leader on the Transportation Committee, which makes recommendations on statewide policy. He has also served as the Chairman of the CEAC Memorial Fund and Scholarship Committee which provides merit based grants for students majoring in engineering and surveying.
Mr. Penrose has been active in the association since 2004. He has served as Chair of the Transportation Committee and also represents CEAC on Caltrans external committees on various transportation issues. Mr. Penrose was previously honored with the prestigious CSAC Circle of Service Award for his service to the California State Association of Counties on a number of timely and critical legislative issues important to California’s counties. Of most importance is his work on developing recommendations for new revenues for transportation infrastructure.
Mr. Machado joined Stanislaus County almost ten years ago. Prior to his nomination as CEAC Secretary, he led the San Joaquin Valley Road Commissioner’s group – a regional group comprised of all Central Valley counties – was Chair of the Transportation Committee, and an active member of multiple CEAC committees.
CEAC, formed in 1914 and headquartered in Sacramento, is comprised of county engineers, public works directors, county road commissioners, land surveyors and professional personnel throughout California’s 58 counties. Its purpose is "To advance county engineering and management by providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and information aimed at improving service to the public.”