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TriMet gets two new board members

Appointments come at difficult time for regional transit agency

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber has appointed two new members to the TriMet board of directors.

The appointments come as the regional transit agency needs to close a budget gap of up to $17 million and is in a labor dispute with its employee's union.

Bruce Warner was appointed to represent Washington County and replace Rick Van Van Beveren, who had served on board since 2007 and as President since May 2010.

Warner lives in Hillsboro. He has had a long career in public policy and transportation. Most recently, Warner served as the interim city manager for the City of Hillsboro. Before that he was executive director of the Portland Development Commission, served as director of Oregon's Department of Transportation, and as director of Washington County's Department of Land Use and Transportation.

Travis Stovall replaces owns and operates a management and consulting company in Gresham. Stovall currently serves as executive director of the East Metro Economic Alliance and has served as president of the Gresham Chamber of Commerce for the past six years.

Stovall is a Gresham resident and replaces Lynn Lehrbach, who represents east Multnomah County on the board. Stovall owns and operates a management and consulting company in Gresham, currently serves as executive director of the East Metro Economic Alliance and has served as president of the Gresham Chamber of Commerce for the past six years.

TriMet General Manager Neil McFarland praised, the appointments, saying, 'Bruce's previous public service, vast transportation experience and leadership will be valuable to our board and the community. Travis has broad business and finance experience that will be critical as we work to close our $17 million budget shortfall.'

The seven-member TriMet Board is appointed by the governor and sets policy for the agency as well as appoints the general manager, implements legislation pertaining to transit operations and reviews and approves certain contracts. Board members are volunteers and can serve up to two four-year terms.