Sound Transit search committee recommends Joni Earl for executive director

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The Sound Transit Board's search committee on Saturday recommended that the full board appoint Joni Earl the permanent Sound Transit Executive Director. Search Committee Chairman John Ladenburg, the Pierce County Executive, said the full board will meet in special session at 10 A.M. Tuesday, June 12 to consider the search committee's recommendation. The meeting will take place in the Board Room at Sound Transit's headquarters in Union Station.

"We had excellent finalists," said Ladenburg, "making our job very, very tough."

The search committee began interviewing the finalists shortly after 8:30 A.M. on Saturday in executive session before reconvening in open session at 4:45 P.M. when Earl was unanimously recommended for the full board's consideration.

"I am both honored and excited by the selection committee's recommendation," said Earl. "I look forward to the board's decision on Tuesday and hope we can then quickly move forward with the important work before us."

Earl has been the acting Executive Director for Sound Transit since January 2001. She joined the agency in October 2000, as Chief Operating Officer.

Her prior positions include more than eight years as Deputy County Executive for Snohomish County, WA, reporting to the County Executive. She also served as City Manager of Mill Creek, WA, from 1987 to 1992 where she was responsible for all city operations. Prior positions include Director of Internal Management and Chief Fiscal Officer for Kitsap County, WA.

Besides County Executive Ladenburg, the search committee includes Sound Transit Boardmembers Dave Earling, Richard McIver and Mary Gates substituting Saturday for Jim White. Ray Gould of the Sound Transit Citizen Oversight Panel is also on the committee.

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