WASHINGTON — Randi Hutchinson has been terminated as chief counsel at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
Reliable sources have told The Trucker that Hutchinson was summoned to the office of the chief of staff at the Department of Transportation on January 5 and told her services were no longer needed.
Hutchinson, who had been chief counsel since mid May, was told to vacate her office in the DOT headquarters building by today.
Hutchinson was serving as an “at-will” employee at FMCSA.
At-will employment is a term used in U.S. labor law for contractual relationships in which an employee can be dismissed by an employer for any reason (that is, without having to establish “just cause” for termination), and without warning.
No reason was given for her dismissal.
As chief counsel, Hutchinson was responsible for legal policy on all aspects of agency programs and activities including the development, issuance, interpretation, enforcement, and defense of the FMCSA safety regulations before state and federal courts.
She also supervised a team of approximately 40 attorneys that provide legal support on budget, procurement, fiscal law, ethics, personnel and employment-related matters.
Hutchinson came to FMCSA with extensive transportation and infrastructure expertise. Her transportation experience began more than 33 years ago with the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, followed by service as legislative director for the late U.S. Rep. John Paul Hammerschmidt, ranking member of the U.S. House Committee on Public Works (Transportation and Infrastructure).