Sound Transit seeks residents for citizen oversight group

December 2, 2010

By Staff

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 2, 2010

Sound Transit needs Issaquah residents to help the agency plan, build and operate the regional transit system.

The agency needs a volunteer to serve on the 15-member Citizen Oversight Panel. Several other positions open next year as current members’ terms expire.

The panel monitors Sound Transit and ensures the agency meets commitments to build and operate a regional bus, light rail and commuter rail system.

King County residents and people across the region approved funding for the system in 1996 and again in 2008.

Citizen Oversight Panel members represent broad interests, professional expertise and experience. The group meets semimonthly during regular business hours. Members dig into agency details, ask tough questions and report findings to the Sound Transit board.

Applicants must be a registered voter inside the Sound Transit district — the congested area in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties. Issaquah is inside the boundary. Applicants must also reside or work inside the boundary. Find a map of the district here.

The panel seeks members with expertise in one or more areas of expertise: business and finance management, engineering, large projects construction management, public facilities and service, government processes, and public policy development or review.

Send a one-page letter and a resume to Sound Transit Board Chairman Aaron Reardon, 401 S. Jackson St., Seattle, WA  98104-2826. The application materials must be received by Dec. 30.

The letter should include a brief statement of interest in serving on the panel, specific qualifications, and highlights of related experience and expertise.

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