Sound Transit selects new CEO without disclosing nominee’s ID

Jun 3, 2022, 9:05 AM

sound transit...

(Flickr Creative Commons)

(Flickr Creative Commons)

The next leader of Sound Transit is …”Candidate A”.

That’s all the Sound Transit directors will tell the public right now – after deciding on a replacement for Peter Rogoff, whose 6-year term ended on Tuesday.

Departing Sound Transit CEO looks back on stewardship of nation’s largest transit expansion

The selection committee has voted to recommend the candidate from a list of three finalists, a spokesperson with the agency confirmed with MyNorthwest.

“I find it unusual that we wouldn’t know who the candidates are before they’ve given us their first choice,” Chris Sullivan, KIRO Newsradio transportation reporter, said.

“It goes against the transparency from Sound Transit that we’ve come to expect. They should be more open about this, especially since the CEO will be in charge of a $3 billion agency.”

90 people applied for the job – and of that, 14 were determined to be highly qualified.

Sullivan noted that there are some relevant privacy concerns that Sound Transit must take into consideration. For example, it might be difficult for the transit agency to field applicants if their current employers know they’re seeking employment elsewhere.

The court of public opinion is also a relevant consideration, where political pressure might outweigh Sound Transit’s judgment of a candidate’s ability to perform the job were the names of the candidates disclosed ahead of time.

The name of “Candidate A” will not be disclosed until just before the board takes a final vote on June 23rd.

‘Superyacht facilities’ resize Sound Transit’s draft bridges for light rail over Lake Washington Canal

Sound Transit’s next CEO will be immediately tasked with coordinating the expansion of light rail into West Seattle, Ballard, Bellevue, and Lynnwood. The West Seattle/Ballard Link extension recently concluded its public comment period, after which Sound Transit’s draft Environmental Impact statement will be subject to revision. The East Link into Bellevue and Redmond is scheduled to open in 2023; the Lynnwood Link extension in 2024.

Editor’s note: This article reflects the analysis and commentary of MyNorthwest.

MyNorthwest News

5-car crash sr 900...

Frank Sumrall

Mustang causes 5-car crash on SR 900 after veeing onto oncoming traffic

A 5-car crash on State Route 900 (SR 900) in Renton Sunday led to four injured individuals, a five-hour highway backup and a brush fire.

2 hours ago

Photo: Neighbors in Mount Vernon are being praised for saving young kids from a burning home....

Samantha Lomibao, KIRO 7

Neighbors in Mount Vernon save young kids home alone from burning house

Neighbors in Mount Vernon are being praised for saving young kids from a burning home. The fire sparked on June 3.

14 hours ago

Photo: Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump is surrounded by U.S. Secret...

Julie Carr Smyth, Jill Colvin, Colleen Long, Michael Balsamo, Eric Tucker and Michelle L. Price, The Associated Press

Trump heads to convention as authorities investigate motive, security in assassination attempt

Trump called for unity and resilience after an attempt on his life added fresh uncertainty to an already tumultuous presidential campaign.

15 hours ago

Photo: More than 70 Seattle firefighters responded to a Columbia City fire after a construction sit...

Julia Dallas

Columbia City construction site goes up in flames; downs power lines, damages cars and home

More than 70 Seattle firefighters responded to a construction site in Columbia City after it went up in flames early Saturday morning.

16 hours ago

Image: At left, U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., speaks during a news conference on Tuesday, Jan. 9...

MyNorthwest Staff

‘It’s absolutely unacceptable:’ Washington officials react to Trump rally shooting

Washington officials have reacted to a shooting that broke out at a rally for former President Donald Trump on Saturday.

2 days ago

Auburn shooting...

Bill Kaczaraba

Auburn late-night shooting leaves one teenage boy dead

The Auburn community was shaken by a deadly shooting late Friday night. Police received reports of gunfire in the 500 Block of A Street SE.

2 days ago

Sound Transit selects new CEO without disclosing nominee’s ID