Kent Keel

The Sound Transit Board has appointed University Place Mayor Kent Keel as chair of the Sound Transit Board of Directors.

The move follows the retirement of outgoing chair John Marchione from his position as Redmond mayor.

“On behalf of everyone at Sound Transit, I want to thank Mayor Marchione for the indelible mark he made on our regional transit system. Moving forward, commuters throughout our growing communities will benefit as Kent Keel steps forward to lead the Board,” stated Sound Transit CEO Peter Rogoff. “Chair Keel’s leadership will come at a critical time for the region, and particularly for Pierce County as we construct Tacoma Link’s extension to the Hilltop neighborhood, prepare to connect regional light rail to Tacoma, and work to expand Sounder service.”

In a related move, the Sound Transit Board appointed King County Executive Dow Constantine to serve as a vice chair. Constantine fills the vice chair seat vacated by Keel, while the Board’s other vice chair role will continue to be filled by Everett City Councilmember Paul Roberts.