The appointment of state Deputy Transportation Secretary Roger Millar to the top post follows the Washington state Senate’s move vote to oust Lynn Peterson.

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OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday appointed Roger Millar as acting state transportation secretary.

The move followed Friday’s vote in the Republican-controlled state Senate to deny the confirmation of Secretary Lynn Peterson, who had been on the job about three years.

The vote — which effectively fired Peterson — came as Republican senators blasted the Washington State Department of Transportation, citing frustrations with the Highway 99 tunnel project, Interstate 405 toll lanes and problems with the ferry system.

Democratic lawmakers and Inslee called Peterson’s ouster an election-year stunt. Inslee said Republicans “should be ashamed” of the move.

Millar, who was the agency’s deputy secretary, has also worked as a public-works director, city and county planning director, and vice president of a multinational engineering firm, according to a statement from Inslee’s office.