The Minister now responsible for TransLink, Peter Fassbender, is announcing two new appointments to the TransLink Board of Directors.
They are Jim Chu, the former Chief of the Vancouver Police, and Murray Dinwoodie, the former city manager of the City of Surrey.
The appointments come a month and a half after voters rejected a plebiscite plan to raise $7.5 billion for transit upgrades.
The result was widely interpreted as a sign that residents didn’t trust TransLink’s use of money through a tax hike.
Two of the authority’s top managers lost their jobs, and the provincial government recently named former education minister Peter Fassbender responsible for TransLink.
Fassbender says Chu and Dinwoodie have worked at the local and national levels and he is confident they will help TransLink secure the trust of taxpayers.
Chu served eight years as Vancouver’s police chief before leaving for the private sector in the spring, and Dinwoodie retired from the City of Surrey in 2014.
The board is composed of seven people appointed by the mayors council, the mayors’ council chair and vice chair, as well as two members appointed by the minister.
Those spots were vacant until now.
Three of the independent directors are also reaching the end of their terms.
TransLink says the screening panel must provide nominee recommendations to the mayors by September 15th, so that they can make final appointment decisions by October 30.
The board chair also confirms the recruitment process for the TransLink CEO is on pause, until the new directors get up to speed.
LISTEN: Fassbender explains why he chose the two new Translink directors: