Stakeholder Spotlight: Joseph Marek
The Safety Center of the National Center for Rural Road Safety is happy to introduce our readers to Stakeholder Team member Joseph Marek. Joe is the Traffic Safety Program Manager for Clackamas County, Oregon and we are happy to have him on board as a county agency representative.
Joe has always had a love of transportation and it was only fitting that he became a transportation engineer after pursuing a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Idaho. He enjoys all modes of transportation- walking, biking, motorcycling, even horseback riding! Using all of these different modes has certainly helped diversify his perspective as a designer.
His career with Clackamas County began nearly 28 years ago after some time spent in consulting. While he has always been interested in safety, it started to progressively increase after he assumed the role as Staff Liaison for the Clackamas County Traffic Safety Commission in the mid-1990’s. This group helped sharpen his focus on safety. Joe says “safety resonated with me due to a severe crash that my family was in when I was very young resulting in severe injuries to my parents.” One of his most important career achievements was leading the effort at Clackamas County to develop a Transportation Safety Action Plan in 2012.
- Leading the effort for a Transportation Safety Action Plan
- Participating in a road safety audit
- Sharing traffic safety efforts at community meetings