February 21, 2012 > David J. Armijo
David J. Armijo
Submitted By AC Transit
David J. Armijo was appointed as General Manager for the AC Transit District by the AC Transit Board of Directors on February 8, 2012.
"We're pleased and honored to have David Armijo join AC Transit," said Elsa Ortiz, president of the Board of Directors. "We welcome his commitment to change our transit system to improve services for our riders, provide transparent and ethical leadership to our organization and its employees, and help chart a course for the next century of service to Alameda and Contra Costa transit."
The AC Transit Board of Directors conducted an extensive search for a permanent General Manager to replace Mary King, who retires and who has led the transit district since October 2009. She was unanimously praised by the AC Transit Board for her dynamic leadership during a period of financial crises at the national and state level that dramatically impacted funding for public agencies such as AC Transit.
Originally, Armijo headed the search firm hired to find a permanent general manager, but after extensive interviews and several candidates unwilling to accept reduced pension packages, the board each submitted names of possible candidates and Armijo's name was submitted by board members.
"We created a new process for this final round of interviews to ensure that Armijo was treated like every other candidate we considered," Ortiz said. "He was our first choice and we are glad that we have him joining our district."
Armijo has more than 30 years of experience in government and is a highly recognized transportation executive working in aviation, toll roads and the public transit industry. He has served as chief executive for transit agencies in California, New Mexico, Texas and Florida. He specialized in bus and rail planning, capital program development, aviation leases, grants, contract negotiations and public involvement.
Armijo's collaborative leadership style has proven effective in working closely with elected officials, stakeholders and the community. Additionally, he has extensive experience with collective bargaining, working closely with labor unions and management to successfully negotiate labor contracts.
Most recently, he served as chief executive officer for Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART), responsible for a multi-modal system of bus and rail, including completion of the expansion of the TECO Streetcar System. Armijo led HART to record achievements during difficult economic times, including recognition in 2009 with the Florida Public Transportation Association Outstanding Transit System Award and, in 2010, national recognition with the Outstanding Public Transportation System Achievement Award by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).
Board President Ortiz said that Armijo comes to the district with a strong background in making improvements and change. She noted that he was an agent of change in Tampa, Florida, replacing a third of its buses, revising schedules and doubling the number of bus stops while attracting more riders.
The American Public Transportation Association selected Armijo to serve on its Executive Committee. He also serves on the APTA Board of Directors, Legislative and Work Force Development Committees and he serves as co-chair of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officers COMTO's Succession Planning Committee.
Armijo's tenure as General Manager begins on March 1, 2012.