Redmond Mayor John Marchione appointed chair of Sound Transit Board

Steilacoom Mayor Ron Lucas and Everett Councilmember Paul Roberts to serve as vice chairs; Somers praised for 2017-2018 leadership

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The Sound Transit Board today unanimously appointed Redmond Mayor John Marchione as chair of the Sound Transit Board of Directors and Steilacoom Mayor Ron Lucas and Everett Councilmember Paul Roberts as vice chairs. As Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers prepares to end his two-year term as chair at the close of 2018, Board members praised his leadership and accomplishments.
 
"I am honored to serve our region as chair of the Sound Transit Board," Marchione said. "I plan to build on Executive Somers' hard work and successes as we continue to push forward the largest transit investment program in the country. Over the next two years, Sound Transit will prepare to open the Northgate Link extension, continue work on East Link, break ground on both the Lynnwood and Federal Way extensions and shape our plans for expanding South Sounder service. We have our work cut out for us."
 
The new officers' terms extend through 2020. 
 
"Sound Transit could not succeed in the challenging work ahead without the continuing strong leadership of the Sound Transit Board. Mayor Marchione, Mayor Lucas and Councilmember Roberts could not be better qualified to continue pushing forward the Board and staff's progress," said Sound Transit CEO Peter Rogoff. "I cannot overstate the staff's gratitude for Chair Somers' work over the past two years following passage of ST3. He has played a pivotal role in positioning the agency to succeed in delivering our ambitious program including updating the Board's rules and committee structure."

The Board also named members of each of its four committees for the next two years under the recently reconfigured committee structure to support the agency's expanded work.

2019-2020 Sound Transit Board Committees:

Executive Committee

Redmond Mayor John Marchione, Chair
Steilacoom Mayor Ron Lucas, Vice Chair
Everett City Councilmember Paul Roberts, Vice Chair
King County Councilmember Claudia Balducci
King County Executive Dow Constantine
Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan
Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers
Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards

System Expansion Committee

King County Councilmember Claudia Balducci, Chair
University Place Mayor Kent Keel, Vice Chair
Auburn Mayor Nancy Backus
Kenmore Mayor David Baker
Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling
Seattle City Councilmember Rob Johnson
King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove
Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards

Rider Experience and Operations Committee

Everett City Councilmember Paul Roberts, Chair
King County Councilmember Joe McDermott, Vice Chair
Kenmore Mayor David Baker
Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling
Seattle City Councilmember Rob Johnson
University Place Mayor Kent Keel
Steilacoom Mayor Ron Lucas
King County Councilmember Pete Von Reichbauer

Finance and Audit Committee

Steilacoom Mayor Ron Lucas, Chair
Auburn Mayor Nancy Backus. Vice Chair
King County Executive Dow Constantine
Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan
Redmond Mayor John Marchione
King County Councilmember Joe McDermott
Washington Secretary of Transportation Roger Millar
Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers