LADOT: Ken Husting, Principal Transportation Engineer, was named Parking Professional of the Year by the California Public Parking Association.
The award is given to a parking professional who demonstrated excellence through significant and outstanding achievements in one or more of the following categories: creativity and innovation, contributions to the parking industry, and demonstration of dedication to the parking industry by increasing the visibility and promoting the image of the parking profession.
According to LADOT, Ken’s contributions in leading the Bureau of Parking Management over the last year include:
- The transformation of LADOT’s parking citations processing program and focusing resources towards adopting socially oriented parking policies and creative payment relief options
- Working directly with various stakeholders, including the Mayor’s Office, the City Council, and the Parking Violations Bureau, to deliver a package of COVID-19 parking programs, and
- In response to COVID-19, implementing a Citywide food and retail temporary pickup zone program, and adjudicating demonstrated agility by transitioning to telephone and videoconferencing when conducting administrative hearings for parking citations.
As bureau head, Ken is responsible for five divisions: Parking Adjudication, Parking Facilities, Parking Meters, Parking Permits, and Parking Operations and Support. He leads a team of engineering, technical and administrative staff charged with managing and maintaining citywide parking operations and infrastructure assets, including 116 parking facilities and 38,000 on-and off-street metered spaces.
A licensed civil engineer, Ken has more than 20 years of experience with LADOT, previously serving as the division manager for the Parking Meters Division, responsible for parking technology and meter operations citywide, and the Highway Program Manager, responsible for delivery of transportation capital projects.
He holds a master’s degree in public administration from USC, and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Cal State Long Beach.
Ken’s Parking Management Team won a national award in 2020 for innovation for two different programs that assist low-income motorists during the pandemic, namely the Community Assistance Parking Program. That honor came in innovation from the National Parking Association.
Congratulations to Ken for this individual honor.