Now Hiring: TriMet’s Next General Manager

TriMet’s Board of Directors has begun the search for our next general manager. (Current General Manager Doug Kelsey will retire in March 2021.) As the region’s largest transit provider, we need a visionary leader who will build on our recent efforts to improve safety and security, fight climate change and provide equitable transit service that benefits our entire community.

The Board of Directors calls choosing TriMet’s next GM its most important duty. A Search Committee of the Board has brought on a recruitment firm to help in its search for qualified candidates. Directors will consider the knowledge, skills and abilities of top candidates. The Board plans to be open, transparent and thoughtful throughout the search process. TriMet will engage with riders and the public about the priorities for the general manager and share that feedback with the Board to inform its decision.

General Manager position

TriMet’s general manager sets and leads the strategic direction of the agency, working closely with the community and collaborating with TriMet’s executive team to put that strategy into operation. The general manager must ensure a commitment to safety through effective leadership, while implementing practices that demonstrate safety is a core value in all aspects of operations.

Read the draft job description PDF

This draft job description was approved by the TriMet Board on January 27, 2021


We want to hear from you

What experience, values and priorities are most important to you when it comes to selecting a new general manager?

OPTION 2: Attend a Listening Session

Monday, March 8
5–6:30 p.m.



Martes 9 de marzo
5–6:30 p.m. (Español)



Wednesday, March 10
12–1:30 p.m.


Thursday, March 11
5–6:30 p.m.



* To speak directly with the panel using your computer or device’s microphone, please join via Webex.

OPTION 3: Attend a Board Meeting

Wednesday, April 28
9 a.m.–12:30 p.m

Wednesday, May 26
9 a.m.–12:30 p.m

Public testimony runs from 9–9:45 a.m. Meetings will be held online until further notice due to COVID-19. Learn more

OPTION 4: Contact us

Direct message us on
Facebook or Twitter

Text or call us at


Jan–Feb 2021

  • Approve draft job description
  • Secure outside recruiter
  • Launch outreach campaign

Mar–Apr 2021

  • Continue outreach
  • Hold listening sessions March 8–11
  • Finalize job description with rider, community, stakeholders input
  • Begin recruitment

May–Summer 2021

  • Timeline in development

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