Christine Frizzell, Joe Marine and Mark Holmes.

Christine Frizzell, Joe Marine and Mark Holmes.

Community Transit gets new board member, chairman, executive

Lynnwood’s mayor joined the board helmed by Mukilteo’s mayor, and Mark Holmes is the new chief operating officer.

EVERETT — Community Transit has a new board member, a new chairman and a new chief operating officer.

The transit agency hired Mark Holmes, a longtime transit executive in New York, as the new chief operating officer. Holmes worked in bus operations and bus and rail service planning with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) in New York for 35 years, according to a press release.

He is expected to start March 21 to oversee Community Transit’s transportation operations as well as fleet and facilities maintenance.

Last month the Lynnwood City Council unanimously appointed Mayor Christine Frizzell to the public transit agency’s board. It’s a two-year term, and Lynnwood’s former mayor represented the city there for years.

All of Community Transit’s other board members were reappointed. They are: Kim Daughtry, Lake Stevens City Council; Joe Marine, Mukilteo mayor; Jared Mead, Snohomish County Council; Tom Merrill, Snohomish City Council; Jon Nehring, Marysville mayor; Lance Norton, a non-voting labor representative; Sid Roberts, Stanwood Mayor; Jan Schuette, Arlington City Council; and Stephanie Wright, Snohomish County Council.

Board alternates are Bothell Mayor Mason Thompson, Brier City Councilmember Mike Gallagher, Mill Creek Mayor Kyoko Matsumoto-Wright, Snohomish County Council Member Nate Nehring and Edmonds City Councilmember Susan Paine.

The Community Transit board chose Marine as its chairman this year last week. Schuette is the vice chairwoman, and Merrill is the board secretary.

Lynnwood City Council President George Hurst said the council also wants the Snohomish County Council to appoint Frizzell to the Sound Transit board.

In December the council appointed Everett Mayor Cassie Franklin.

But the county council has not voted on a third representative for Sound Transit’s board yet.

Sound Transit Link light rail stations are set to open in Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace in 2024. More light rail stations are ahead in Lynnwood as part of the Everett Link expansion expected to open in 2037.

Ben Watanabe: bwatanabe@heraldnet.com; 425-339-3037; Twitter @benwatanabe.

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