updated 01/15/2013 2:45PM
OCTA appoints new chairman
At its regular meeting on Monday, the Orange County Transportation Authority appointed Greg Winterbottom as the new chairman of the board.
Winterbottom, formerly the board’s vice chair, steps into the new role following the conclusion of Chairman Paul Glaab's term. A member of the board since 1993, Winterbottom brings more than 25 years of experience in the transportation industry to his work with OCTA. He previously served as board chairman in 2004. Succeeding him in the position of vice chair is Fourth District Supervisor Shawn Nelson.
“I’m honored to be chosen by my peers to lead an agency that is dedicated to enhancing transportation services in Orange County,” said Winterbottom. “I’m looking forward to serving as chairman on the board of directors and will continue our initiatives to improve mobility for all who live, work and visit this county.”
Winterbottom also serves as chairman of the of the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee, an overview board for the South Coast Air District that funds projects for the reduction of air pollution.
Also at Monday’s meeting, the board reaffirmed the appointment of the agency’s new CEO, this time adhering to proper procedures. In late November, the board voted to appoint then-deputy CEO Darrell Johnson to the chief executive position; however, the nomination soon came under scrutiny, because it had taken place during a closed meeting and the full board had not discussed or negotiated Johnson’s contract.
This week, the board unanimously voted to install Johnson and approved a new contract, after throwing out the November agreement that Johnson had signed.
The meeting also served as a swearing-in of newly appointed directors. San Clemente Councilwoman Lori Donchak, Anaheim Councilwoman Gail Eastman, Garden Grove Councilman Steve Jones, First District Supervisor Janet Nguyen, Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido and Third District Supervisor Todd Spitzer all joined the board for 2013.
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