John Wallauch, Chief
John Wallauch was appointed to the position of Chief of the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) effective February 13, 2012. As the Chief, Mr. Wallauch oversees an agency with over 600 positions, an annual operating budget of approximately $200 million, and a statewide network of 12 field offices.
Mr. Wallauch brings over 50 years of experience working in the public and private sectors on issues involving air quality and consumer protection.
Prior to this appointment, John served as an advisor to the Executive Officer of the California Air Resources Board on issues concerning the Smog Check Program. He had previously worked in an engineering position at the board overseeing a pilot vehicle retirement program.
Mr. Wallauch also held two positions with the Bureau of Automotive Repair. In the late 1990s, he served as the interim Executive Officer for the Inspection and Maintenance Review Committee. He also served as Deputy Chief of the Field Operations and Engineering Division where he was instrumental in implementing California's first Smog Check Program.
Besides his commitment to public service, Mr. Wallauch has held several technical and managerial positions in the private sector.
Mr. Wallauch attended the California State University, Chico and Compton College.