Linehan-DeborahSeptember 1, 2010 - The Board of Directors of Gold Coast Transit voted unanimously today to appoint Steven P. Brown to succeed Deborah C. Linehan as general manager of the regional transit agency. Linehan is retiring on October 5, 2010 following almost a decade as GCT’s general manager.

GCT Board Chair John C. Zaragoza, a member of the Ventura County Board of Supervisors, said he was pleased that the Board was able to promote a current member of the agency’s management staff to replace the retiring general manager.

“With Deborah’s retirement we have a great deal of knowledge, skill and experience leaving GCT. We are confident that Steve will be able to step into the leadership position immediately and perform very effectively since he is already an experienced and successful GCT department head,” Zaragoza said.

Brown has worked in transit planning, marketing and operations management for more than 32 years. He is a Ventura resident and has served as GCT’s director of marketing and planning for the past four years.

Prior to joining GCT, Brown served for six years as a deputy director of the City of Phoenix Public Transit Department where he ran the operations and planning division. Brown spent eight years as the manager of bus system improvement planning for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and as supervising planner for the former Southern California Rapid Transit District. He also ran his own consulting firm.

Brown began his career in public transportation in Phoenix in 1978 where he worked for 11 years as a manager and director at ATC’s Phoenix Transit System division. Brown is a graduate of the University of Arizona and the Transportation Leadership and Management Program at UCLA.

Linehan, an Oxnard resident, has 28 years of experience in transit management and planning and worked in Arizona and Vermont before joining GCT (then known as South Coast Area Transit) in February 2001. Immediately prior to joining GCT she served for five years as general manager of a regional transit authority in Burlington, Vermont and seven years as deputy executive director of the regional transit authority in Phoenix. Linehan began her transit career in Phoenix in 1982 where she was a transit planner and senior planner for the Maricopa Association of Governments, a regional transportation planning and funding agency similar to the Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC). In 1986 she joined the newly established Regional Public Transportation Authority (RPTA) in Phoenix where she served as manager of corporate planning,and director of strategy and programs before becoming the authority’s deputy executive director.

Linehan earned a bachelor of science degree from Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and completed graduate classes in organizational management at the University of Phoenix. During her career she has been honored as Arizona’s Transit Individual of the Year and as Woman of the Year and Member of the Year.

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