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Caltrans picks new boss for L.A. and Ventura counties

February 10, 2010 |  3:21 pm

Michael Miles, Caltrans' deputy director for maintenance and operations, was named the agency's director overseeing Ventura and Los Angeles counties, officials announced Wednesday.

Miles, who has been with the California Department of Transportation since 1989, is taking the position vacated by Doug Failing, who left in October.

Failing left Caltrans to serve as executive director of highway programs for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Failing said his departure was solely for financial reasons. His Caltrans salary was $136,500, but mandated furloughs had cut it to roughly $116,000, he said. His job at the MTA pays $175,000.

It was unclear whether Miles would receive the same salary as Failing did.

Miles' appointment to the District 7 position is effective immediately, but a spokesperson for Caltrans said he would probably move into the job over the next couple of weeks.

--Ari B. Bloomekatz

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