Craig Prosser is a longtime advocate for the SW Cooridor plan, which would bring High Capacity Transit like MAX lightrail to Tigard and Sherwood

Four months after retiring as Tigard's city manager, Craig Prosser has been appointed to the TriMet Board of Directors.

Prosser, who lives in Lake Oswego, will represent Clackamas County, filling the position left by Hakeem Olanrewaju, who left the board in September to take a job in the Seattle area.

The former city manager will help set policy and implement legislation for the mass transit agency which operates the Portland area's bus and light rail services.

'Craig brings tremendous experience in navigating a government agency through times of economic uncertainty,' said TriMet General Manager Neil McFarlane. 'His leadership and dedication to this region is underscored by his years of public service. TriMet and our region will be well served by him on our board.'

Prosser, 61, served as Tigard city manager for 6 years, and oversaw several key transportation projects in the city, including major construction projects along Pacific Highway and has worked to bring high capacity transit, such as MAX light rail, to the southwest corridor, including Tigard and Sherwood.

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber nominated Prosser earlier this year and was confirmed by the Oregon State Senate last week.

Prosser has a long history of public service outside of Tigard, serving two terms on the Lake Oswego city council from 1995 to 2000.

He also helped put together a consortium of 24 cities to conduct the state's first joint audit of a Portland General Electric, recovering $3.2 million for the cities, and served on the board of directors for the Three Rivers Land Conservancy for five years, and more than six years as Metro's financial planning manager.

Prosser officially takes the position Dec. 1, and will serve the remainder of Olanrewaju's four-year term until 2014.

The position is unpaid.

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