Todd Wood, former manager at TriMet, brings years of bus and rail management experience

CC Rider has a new transit director.

Last week, Columbia County commissioners approved an employment contract with Todd Wood, who will assume the position of transit director Tuesday, May 29.

Wood comes with a background in transit.

Just before taking a job with CC Rider, he served as the rail transportation and streetcar manager for TriMet, says Karen Kane, Columbia County's communications director.

"He started out as a bus driver there," Kane noted.

Wood's salary was approved at $7,298 monthly, or $87,576 per year.SPOTLIGHT FILE PHOTO - CC Rider will get a new transit director on May 29. The bus agency has gone through several management changes since 2016.

Records show Wood was promoted to the rail manager position at TriMet in July 2011, after serving as assistant manager of the division within the Portland metro transit agency.

"Todd Wood has the skill set that fits the position," Margaret Magruder, chair of the county commissioners, stated Wednesday. "He has extensive experience in the field of transit, from on-the-ground to management. We are pleased to welcome Todd to the Columbia County team."

The bus agency, which serves Columbia County residents with stops throughout the county and in downtown Portland, has undergone several leadership changes since former transit director Janet Wright retired in June 2016.

After Wright's exit, the county hired a man who left the agency soon after taking the job, citing family matters.

He was replaced with Michael Ray, who previously served as the agency's transit coordinator. Ray resigned unexpectedly in February and Wright was called back in on a temporary, part-time basis to help the agency during its transition.

During that time, Chad Mace, CC Rider's transit coordinator, also stepped in to

assist with managing the agency.

The transit agency does not have a taxing district and is instead funded primarily by transportation grants.

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