New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Awards 2001
Recognizing Those Committed to Making a Difference
Pete K. Rahn
Pete K. Rahn's leadership as cabinet secretary for the State Highway Department, New Mexico has become a national leader in transportation in areas such as quality management, innovative financing and contracting, and performance-based management. The NMSHTD is the only transportation department in the country with a strategic plan, known as the Compass, which has identified performance measures that reflect the demands of its customers. The NMSHTD is one of only two state agencies that have received the Roadrunner Award presented by Quality of New Mexico.
Mr. Rahn orchestrated a $1.2 billion bonding package from both the federal and state government known as the Citizens Highway Assessment Task Force (CHAT) that will provide a four-lane network across New Mexico. The objectives of CHAT are to enhance the quality of life, improve safety; and foster economic growth to all parts of the state. One of these projects is the four-laning of New Mexico 44 from Bernalillo to Bloomfield. This innovative financing and contracting project contains the only twenty-year pavement warranty in the country.
Pete K. Rahn has converted the overall administration of the NMSHTD, one of the largest state agencies, from a traditional bureaucracy to a true business approach. Mr. Rahn was named Public Official of the Year in 2000 and Person of the Year in 1998 by the New Mexico Chapter of the American Public Works Association, received the Paul Harris Fellow from the Rotary International Foundation in 1998, and was awarded the Transportation Leadership Award by the Alliance for Transportation Research in 1995.