Sound Transit seeks volunteers to serve on agency oversight panel

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Sound Transit is seeking volunteers from Pierce and South King counties to help the agency succeed in meeting its commitments to the public.

The agency has two openings for the Citizen Oversight Panel (COP) – one for Pierce County and another for South King County. Sound Transit relies on the oversight and expertise of this dedicated and independent group of volunteers and encourages citizens to apply.

The COP was created in 1997 to independently monitor Sound Transit and make sure it meets its commitments to build and operate a regional bus, light rail and commuter rail transit system. Its 15 members represent a variety of interests, professional expertise and experience. The panel meets twice monthly during normal business hours and acts as an independent oversight entity by digging into agency details, asking hard questions, and reporting its findings to the Sound Transit Board of Directors.

To Apply
Submit a completed application and a resume to Dave Somers, Sound Transit Board Chair, 401 South Jackson Street, Seattle, WA 98104-2826. To qualify an applicant must:

  • Be a registered voter within the Sound Transit District and reside and/or work in Pierce or South King counties.
  • Have experience/skills in one or more areas related to the panel’s responsibilities: business management; engineering; financial management; public facilities and services; large projects construction management; government processes; and public policy development or review.
  • Be able to attend meetings twice each month during normal business hours.

Appointment Process
Copies of all applications and resumes will be provided to the Sound Transit Board for its review. The Board’s Executive Committee will review and recommend candidates. The Board of Directors will confirm the appointments.

Sound Transit actively seeks to include persons from diverse backgrounds and professional areas of expertise to support agency oversight, planning and operations. Persons of color and women are encouraged to apply.

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2 Responses to “Sound Transit seeks volunteers to serve on agency oversight panel”
  1. PatHTo Logic says:

    Wow! Great opportunity for some public spirited citizen(s) to get involved and try to get some answers into why….for instance….
    1. Burien will never see direct Sound Transit service, so why do we need to pay for it…?
    2. Why the car tax is a really big overpriced issue involving another retrogressive tax issue the libs hate but secretly embrace…., and, of course
    3. How does the public continue to tolerate the tremendous and uncontrolled cost overruns involved with this ‘boondoggle’ agency with no accountability at all….

    “and the beat goes on”….tax, no accountability…no logic….just ‘how much can we get’..

    • Clean it up! says:

      Gee Pat… I use Sound Transit every week from the Burien Transit Center. Works for me. Their drivers are courteous, they have great rider alerts to keep up-dated on traffic concerns and my ORCA card gets me on the ferries, Link light rail, and Sounder service as well as all Metro buses. No transfer or pass needed. As a senior, I can’t beat their service that takes me not only allover King Co, but also in Pierce, Snohomish and even to Olympia in Thurston Co.!
      I like my taxes going to this service, not only for my use, but to lessen the traffic on the major byways for my fellow vehicle drivers. Do you really want all of us bus riders (not to mention seniors who have given up driving) back on the road in our clunkers? I think mass transit is the way to go to alleviate the traffic congestion.

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