Metro needs applicants for two vacant positions on Measure M Independent Taxpayer Oversight Committee

Metro is searching for two individuals to serve on the Measure M Independent Taxpayer Oversight Committee to help provide government accountability and transparency for county residents and taxpayers. An essential part of the process is to organize the seven-member oversight committee that will monitor Measure M.

The Metro Board formally approved the initial seven-member committee in June. Two positions have become vacant in recent weeks. Metro is looking for someone with expertise in transit operations and labor practices as well as an individual with expertise in management of large-scale construction projects.

These two vacancies are important positions that require expertise and knowledge of specific fields. Those interested in applying can go to  for  more criteria.

As outlined by the Measure M ordinance, the committee includes experts in public finance and budget, transit operations and labor, construction, business, architecture, engineering and the legal expertise brought by a retired judge. The committee reviews all Measure M related audits and holds an annual public hearing to report on the results of the audits. The committee then prepares and shares an annual report of the audits and public comments with the Metro Board of Directors.

The committee also reviews all proposed debt financing and any proposed amendments to the Measure M ordinance, including the ballot measure’s expenditure plan. The committee reviews the comprehensive program assessment of the expenditure plan and makes findings and provides recommendations for improving the program.

“As we grow our transportation system across the county, we will do so in a transparent, fiscally responsible manner. We encourage interested individuals to become part of this committee to help ensure that taxpayer dollars are spent effectively and efficiently,” said Metro CEO Phillip A. Washington.

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  1. “Committee Members shall be comprised of seven (7) voting members representing the following professions or areas of expertise:

    -A retired Federal or State judge
    -A professional from the field of municipal/public finance and/or budgeting with a minimum of ten (10) years of relevant experience
    -A transit professional with a minimum of ten (10) years of experience in senior-level decision making in transit operations and labor practices
    -A professional with a minimum of ten (10) years of experience in management and administration of financial policies, performance measurements, and reviews
    -A professional with demonstrated experience of ten (10) years or more in the management of large-scale construction projects
    -A licensed architect or engineer with appropriate credentials in the field of transportation project design or construction and a minimum of ten (10) years of relevant experience
    -A regional association of businesses representative with at least ten (10) years of senior-level decision making experience in the private sector”

    No requirement to be a user of public transportation.

    No real chance for anyone under the age of 40 to be on this board apart from a prodigy.

    Hmm, I wonder what kind of decisions they will make?