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Kenneth McDonald Recommended As New
President/CEO Of Long Beach Transit

by Tiffany Rider - Senior Writer

June 21, 2013 - Long Beach Transit (LBT) Board is set to vote Monday on an employment agreement with Kenneth McDonald for the position of president and CEO of the local transportation agency.

The five-year contract proposal offers a base salary of $252,000 annually as well as fringe benefits like a matching contribution plan, health benefits, life insurance, an automobile allowance and professional membership in local, state or national associations. The proposed contract also covers transitional housing and relocation expenses, as McDonald would move to Long Beach from Georgia. He is expected to start August 1.

McDonald would bring 25 years of experience to the helm of LBT. Prior to working for Parsons Brinckerhoff, McDonald served as chief operating officer for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. He spent most of his career with Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, where he worked his way up through the ranks to assistant general manager of operations.

Approximately six months after LBT hired a consulting firm to search for a replacement for now-retired Larry Jackson, the board is prepared to approve McDonald for the job. According to Kevin Lee, marketing manager for LBT, McDonald is currently assistant vice president of transit and rail systems for Parsons Brinckerhoff International.

The board meets to vote on this item and others at noon on June 24 at city hall. For more information, visit http://longbeach.legistar.com.