C-TRAN names two finalists in executive director/CEO search

VANCOUVER — C-TRAN has narrowed a field of dozens of candidates to two finalists in the search for a new executive director/CEO. Current Executive Director/CEO Jeff Hamm will retire at the end of June after more than 10 years leading C-TRAN.


The two finalists to succeed him both bring deep experience in public transportation:



Shawn Donaghy is a third-generation transportation executive and is currently the chief operating officer for the Fort Worth Transportation Authority in Fort Worth, Texas. In his current role, Donaghy oversees fixed route operations, paratransit operations, maintenance, information technology, safety and risk management, security and transit police, service scheduling, vanpool/contract management, and key performance/regulatory metrics.


Prior to this position, Donaghy served as the chief operations officer for the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) in Cincinnati, Ohio. Donaghy has a bachelor’s degree from Northern Kentucky University. In 2016, he was named one of Mass Transit’s Top 40-Under-40.



Doug Middleton most recently served as the executive vice president of maintenance and previously as the chief operations officer at Pierce Transit in Tacoma. In those roles, Middleton oversaw transportation (fixed route and paratransit), maintenance (fleet and facilities), personnel, and public safety. Middleton holds a bachelor’s degree from California Baptist University, Riverside, and a Master’s in Public Administration from California State University, Long Beach.

Doug Middleton
Doug Middleton


Each candidate will participate in a series of interviews next week. They’ll meet with C-TRAN employees, the C-TRAN Citizens Advisory Committee, the C-TRAN Board of Directors and others as part of the interview process. The board is expected to choose C-TRAN’s new executive director/CEO before Hamm’s departure.

Information in this report provided by C-TRAN.

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