ADOT&PF Southcoast Region Director Coffey Retiring; Mearig Announced as New Southcoast Region Director
JUNEAU, AK Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (ADOT&PF) Commissioner Marc Luiken has accepted the resignation and retirement request of Southcoast Region Director Mike Coffey.
"We can't thank Mike enough for his service to Alaska and to the department," said Commissioner Luiken. "During his career, Mike displayed great leadership through his implementation of efficiencies, his support for department-wide collaboration and his commitment to innovative solutions. To say he will be missed is an understatement."
Coffey served the state of Alaska for 35 years, in a versatile range of positions including design engineer in Southeast Alaska, project engineer in Southcentral Alaska, Homer airport manager, Homer area maintenance and operations superintendent, and Northern Region maintenance manager. Most recently he served as the Chief of Statewide Maintenance and Operations prior to accepting the position of Southcoast Region Director.
Coffey is recognized as an expert in best practices for winter maintenance and serves on numerous national committees. He is a frequent guest speaker at conferences and a contributing author in publications.
"I have lived and breathed DOT&PF during my career and will leave with unbelievable memories," said Coffey. "It has been an incredible honor and privilege to the serve the department, and I hope that in some small way I contributed to the stellar work done each day."
With Coffey's retirement, Commissioner Marc Luiken has named Lance Mearig as the new Southcoast Region Director.
"Lance is precisely the leader we need in Southcoast Region," said Commissioner Luiken. "His professional passion is Alaska's coastal transportation infrastructure and he has long standing relationships in the communities he will be serving."
Mearig has more than 35 years of experience in transportation. He has most recently served as ADOT&PF's Director for Statewide Design and Engineering Services, which includes acting as the department's Chief Engineer. He began his career working for ADOT&PF in 1982 and spent 25 years working in private industry.
A licensed Professional Engineer and Senior Professional in Human Resources, Mearig has a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks and a master's degree in civil engineering with an emphasis in transportation planning and traffic engineering from Arizona State University. Mearig grew up in Sitka, Ketchikan, and Petersburg. He has lived and worked in Juneau for most of his career.