Golden Gate Bridge District taps engineer as general manager 

The Golden Gate Bridge District named its new general manager on Friday, a veteran in the transportation industry who has been the chief engineer on the historic span since 2001.

Denis Mulligan will replace Celia Kupersmith, who announced her intentions to step down from the bridge district’s top post in June.

As the chief engineer, Mulligan has overseen major retrofitting and rehabilitation efforts on the bridge, which was built in 1937. As the general manager, Mulligan will be responsible for maintaining the day-to-day operations of the bridge, while also directing the district’s bus and ferry fleets.

Mulligan, who worked for Caltrans for 19 years before joining the bridge district, will formally assume responsibilities of the general manager position on Sept. 1.

“We are very pleased to announce the selection of Denis as our next General Manager and CEO,” Bridge District Board President Al Boro said. “He brings to this position a proven track record — with both a high caliber of leadership and a solid and successful background serving in the public sector. He will be able to step right into the position and hit the ground running.”

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