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The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System's (SDMTS) board yesterday appointed Sharon Cooney chief executive officer. Cooney succeeds Paul Jablonksi, who died last week.
Cooney has 15 years of experience at the agency, serving in various leadership positions including director of government affairs, director of planning, chief of staff and deputy CEO.
She has been integral to the success of two of San Diego’s largest light-rail projects, including rebuilding of the Orange, Green and Blue Lines, and the mid-coast extension from downtown San Diego to the University Community area, SDMTS said in a press release.
Cooney is the first woman to serve the agency as CEO.
“I am lucky to have been mentored by one of the nation’s most respected transit leaders [Jablonski] and to have a group of professionals that are absolutely dedicated to advancing public transit in San Diego,” Cooney said.
Prior to joining SDMTS, Cooney served as legislative director for former San Diego County Supervisor Rob Roberts.