Skip to main content
King County logo

News

Metropolitan King County
Council News


King County Council Honors Kevin Desmond for Outstanding Public Service

Summary

Metro General Manager leaving for position in Canada

Story

 IMG_4145_web
King County Councilmembers and County Executive Constantine
join Metro Transit General Manager Kevin Desmond. The Council and Executive recognized Desmond’s decade of service to King County as he leaves to become CEO of Translink, which governs the
regional transportation of Vancouver B.C. 

 

As he is preparing to leave Metro Transit to become the new CEO of Translink, which governs the regional transportation of Vancouver B.C., the Metropolitan King County Council today recognized the service of Kevin Desmond, who has been the General Manager of the transit system since 2004.

“We hate to lose Kevin Desmond whose work has brought both innovative and constructive change to public transportation in King County,” said Council Vice Chair Reagan Dunn, cosponsor of the recognition. “I wish him the best as he continues his career in public service and look forward to seeing what he accomplishes next.”

“Kevin Desmond has been instrumental in improving the King County Metro system during this time of rapid growth and change,” said Council Chair Joe McDermott, cosponsor of the recognition. “From Rapid Ride to ORCA LIFT, he has made our system more efficient and has improved access for all in King County. I wish him all the best as he embarks on this next step in his career.”

Kevin Desmond began his service as King County Metro Transit General Manager with the challenge of negotiating the relocation of the Waterfront Streetcar Barn to accommodate the Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park. He ends his service with the University Link Bus restructure that will transform bus routes throughout north and central Seattle in coordination of the arrival of Link Light Rail into Capitol Hill and Husky Stadium near the UW campus.

Desmond led King County Metro Transit, through a number of challenges including the , effective integration of Sound Transit’s Central Link Light Rail and the impact the Great Recession had on the transit system. Under Desmond’s leadership, the region saw the beginning of the first six RapidRide lines, which focused on restructuring productivity-improving bus service and the implementation of the 2011 Strategic Plan for Public Transportation and King County Metro Service Guidelines.

The leadership Desmond has shown while serving Metro has been acknowledged and recognized by regional leaders, and the public. His dedication to meeting the mobility needs of King County residents and workers and support for innovation will be sorely missed.


RECOGNITION

WHEREAS, Kevin Desmond began his service as King County Metro Transit General Manager with the challenge of negotiating the relocation of the Waterfront Streetcar Barn to accommodate the Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park, and ends his service as the University Link Bus restructure transforms the structure of bus routes throughout north and central Seattle; and

WHEREAS, each year of his tenure has presented challenges requiring leadership, vision, patience, and attention to detail; and

WHEREAS, throughout his tenure, Kevin has ably led King County Metro Transit, enabling it to address challenges from the Great Recession and effective integration with Sound Transit’s Central Link Light Rail; and

WHEREAS, Kevin has empowered his employees to pursue bold, innovative ideas from the first six RapidRide lines to productivity-improving bus service restructures, to implementing the 2011 Strategic Plan for Public Transportation and King County Metro Service Guidelines; and

WHEREAS, Kevin has supported an internal culture of listening to policymakers and the community to provide transparent information, to understand what people need from the public transportation system, and to promote technology so people can use the system more effectively; and

Whereas, Kevin’s leadership of Metro has been acknowledged and recognized by regional leaders, and the public,

NOW, THEREFORE, we, the Metropolitan King County Council, recognize


KEVIN DESMOND

for his dedicated service to King County, his perseverance in the face of challenges, his commitment to listening to King County residents and workers and meeting their mobility needs, his empowerment of employees, and his support for innovation. We wish him the best as he pursues new challenges in Vancouver, B.C.

DATED this sixteenth day of February, 2016.





Contact the Council
Main phone:
206-477-1000
TTY/TDD:
206-296-1024
Fax:
206-296-0198