Jay Farrar was formally promoted Thursday to head the Washington office of Bechtel Corp., one of the nation’s largest engineering and construction companies.
He will oversee the San Francisco-based company's government affairs operation in Washington, including the office’s seven other employees.
Farrar, 55, said he has served in the position on an interim basis since January, when he replaced Bernie Toon.
Farrar joined Bechtel in 2009 from CH2M Hill, where he was a lobbyist and the senior vice president for government affairs. He has also held legislative and external affairs positions with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the U.S. Marine Corps, the National Security Council, the U.S. Department of Defense and the Office of the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Bechtel holds a number of government contracts. Locally, it is the lead contractor for the first phase of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s plan to expand metro services from the East Falls Church station to the Washington Dulles International Airport, Farrar said. It also has a Department of Energy contract to clean up nuclear waste at the contaminated Manhattan Project site in Hanford, Wash., and a Department of Defense contract for chemical weapons disposals in Pueblo, Colo., and Bluegrass, Ky.