Meera Joshi was all but confirmed by the Senate to become the first FMCSA Administrator in over two years, but a change in direction has caused her to step down after the next month, according to the FMCSA.
Homesick for the Big Apple
The reason she is leaving the FMCSA is nothing nefarious or scandalous; she was offered another job with New York City.
New York City Mayor-elect Eric Adams unveiled a team of deputy mayors on Dec. 20, naming Joshi as deputy mayor for operations. With her taking such a role in the most populous city in the nation, it is arguable as to whether or not it is a step up from FMCSA Administrator.
We have talked about Meera Joshi’s history when she was first put in the trucking industry spotlight, and New York City is where she has done a majority of her work. Whether it is working with New York City’s vehicle-for-hire industry or working as a general manager at Sam Schwartz Transportation Consultants, it is not much of a surprise that she would eventually return there.
Meera Joshi is the latest in a long line of acting administrators that leave the position before becoming the official FMCSA Administrator. The last one, Wiley Deck, was kicked out of the position due to an administration change.
We could make predictions on who it will be next, but ultimately we will all find out before the start of February.
While her tenure at the FMCSA has been short, totaling approximately a year when she finally heads to New York, industry advocates thought very highly of her.
“Meera Joshi has led FMCSA through historic times — as an unprecedented global pandemic, countless natural disasters, a cyberattack on a major domestic pipeline, and widespread workforce shortages challenged the freight economy in ways never before seen.” Wrote American Trucking Associations President and CEO Chris Spear.
There is no denying that these historic times will continue. From supply chain shortages to natural disaster relief, whoever takes up the mantle of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Administrator after Joshi will certainly have full hands.
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