The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dennis T. Agar to the position of Caltrans District 10 Director.
Agar has over 24 years of diverse and valuable Caltrans experience including a wide variety of managerial, supervisory, and technical experience from the district and headquarters.
As District Director, Agar is responsible for overseeing projects and the maintenance and operations of over 3,500 lane miles. Agar manages over 500 permanent and 85 temporary help employees. He oversees an annual budget of $75.6 million and over $3 billion worth of highway construction projects and programs.
District 10 is a geographically diverse district lying in the northern San Joaquin Valley encompassing eight counties; three urban counties on the valley floor and five rural counties located in the foothill and mountain region of the Central Sierra. The counties include Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, Mariposa, Merced, San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Tuolumne.
Prior to his appointment, Agar served as the Caltrans Division Chief of Traffic Operations. Agar assumed the duties on January 22, 2013, and was responsible for the statewide Traffic Operations Program for Safety and Mobility, with nearly 1,350 employees and a budget of about $200 million. The Division establishes statewide policies and procedures, identifies and prioritizes the programming of safety and operational improvement projects, and manages the statewide Transportation and Encroachment Permits and Outdoor Advertising programs.
Agar spent four years as District 10’s Deputy District Director of Program and Project Management before a short-term assignment as Acting Division Design Chief in Headquarters. Dennis came back to District 10 on October 19, 2009, to serve as the Caltrans District 10 Deputy District Director for Maintenance and Operations. He led District 10’s maintenance and operations for almost four years before promoting to Caltrans Division Chief of Traffic Operations.
Agar also served as Project Manager and Branch Chief of Design, in District 3 (Marysville), in addition to numerous engineering, staff and senior level assignments.
Agar graduated from California State University, Sacramento with a Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer (PE) with the State of California and a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) through the Project Management Institute.
Agar replaces Interim District 10 Director Amarjeet Benipal