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Johnson to succeed Kempton as Orange County Transportation Authority's CEO


The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) recently named Darrell Johnson chief executive officer, effective March 1. He will succeed Will Kempton, who earlier this month announced plans to retire Feb. 28 to become the executive director of Transportation California.

Currently OCTA's deputy CEO, Johnson joined the authority in 2003. He previously served Amtrak for 12 years, holding various positions in operations, planning and finance. Johnson helped develop Amtrak's passenger-rail services in California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia, OCTA officials said in a prepared statement.

Johnson recently was elected to serve on the American Public Transportation Association's board.

"Darrell has extensive experience in the transportation industry and an unparalleled understanding of OCTA's vision," said OCTA Chairman Paul Glaab. "He has been instrumental in developing and implementing OCTA's strategic goals and we are excited he will be stepping into this new role."

OCTA serves as the public-sector transportation planning body and mass transit service provider for Orange County, Calif.

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