Raymond A. Atkins will become the Surface Transportation Board’s general counsel effective Sept. 1, Chairman Daniel R. Elliott III announced Thursday. Atkins will succeed Ellen D. Hanson, who served the Surface Transportation Board and its predecessor agency, the Interstate Commerce Commission, for 35 years and who retired last month.
Atkins has been an attorney since 2003 in the STB general counsel’s office where he has handled the Board's major rate cases. He has served as chief of staff to Elliott since August 2009.
Elliott also announced that Timothy J. Strafford will become his new chief of staff. Strafford has worked in the STB’s Office of Proceedings since 1999. Since 2006, he has served as assistant to the director of the Office of Proceedings. From November 2009 to June 2010 he was detailed to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.