It looks like Sound Transit’s search for a new permanent CEO has come to an end. Today, the agency announced its search committee is recommending a high-caliber, distinguished candidate to succeed outgoing executive Joni Earl.
His name is Peter M. Rogoff, and he previously served as Federal Transit Administrator prior to assuming the post of Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy in the United States Department of Transportation.
“In a competitive field of applicants, Peter Rogoff is the committee’s clear and unanimous recommendation to lead our region in meeting the growing demand for rail and bus service,” Sound Transit Board Chair and King County Executive Dow Constantine said in a news release sent to NPI. “Tomorrow, the full Sound Transit Board will discuss his considerable qualifications.”
“At its meeting tomorrow the full Board may accept the committee’s recommendation or continue the search process,” the release says, adding, “Rogoff will be present at the meeting. The Sound Transit Board will meet in executive session, initially with Rogoff and then with Board members only. It will move back into open session to discuss next steps. The meeting is scheduled for 1:30 PM to 4 PM at Union Station, 401 S. Jackson Street in Seattle.”
I have had the pleasure of being able to interact with Peter Rogoff in 2011 (when he visited Seattle to participate in groundbreaking festivities for University Link), and have been very impressed with him. He speaks well, is well respected in his profession, and would bring invaluable experience and connections to the job.
It is a testament to Joni Earl’s leadership and record of getting results that Rogoff is interested in taking over for her. This would be a huge win for Sound Transit.
We congratulate King County Executive Dow Constantine and the Sound Transit board on this recruiting coup, and urge the board to hire Peter Rogoff as the new chief executive officer of Sound Transit as soon as it feels comfortable doing so.