Friday, February 22, 2013

Mountain Rides hires interim leader

Search continues for permanent replacement for Jason Miller

Express Staff Writer

Wendy Crosby, who has served as business manager for Mountain Rides Transportation Authority for the past two years, was appointed interim executive director on Tuesday to replace outgoing Executive Director Jason Miller, whose resignation becomes effective today, Feb. 22. Crosby will assume the post on Saturday. Photo by Roland Lane

The Mountain Rides Transportation Authority board of directors voted Tuesday to appoint Business Manager Wendy Crosby as interim executive director while a search continues for a permanent replacement for outgoing Executive Director Jason Miller.

Crosby’s appointment becomes effective Saturday. Miller, who tendered his resignation last month, officially leaves the post at close of business today.

Crosby has served as business manager for the past two years. She has extensive experience in both private business and with nonprofit organizations. An East Fork area resident, Crosby has lived in the Wood River Valley for about 10 years.

Miller, who served as executive director for six years, will continue to live in Hailey but will be employed as technical sales representative for Proterra Inc., a manufacturer of electric buses headquartered in Greenville, S.C.

“The board of directors is extremely pleased that Wendy was willing to step in and serve as interim director while we conduct our search for an executive director for Mountain Rides,” board Chair Susan McBryant said. “She brings a lot of strength to the staff during this time when we could have some confusion. She is very organized and works well with the staff.”

A Mountain Rides press release states that Crosby has been “a key employee of [Mountain Rides Transportation Authority] for over two years, and has been integrally involved in all aspects of Mountain Rides’ operations, including financial operations, maintenance, funding, property oversight and acquisition.”

Crosby will continue to function as business manager while serving as interim director.

The press release indicates that appointment of a permanent executive director will not come soon, stating that “candidates will be evaluated over the coming months.”

In an interview, Crosby declined to say whether she is interested in being appointed permanently has executive director.

“We’ve got a really strong management team and I’m most interested that we appoint someone who can support that,” she said.

Crosby acknowledged that replacing Miller is not going to be an easy job.

“I’m looking forward to the challenge,” she said. “Jason has left us with a very strong footing. We’ve got a lot of things still up in the air and I just hope that whoever they hire can see those completed.

“He’s [Miller] been such an incredible leader, but he’s had a lot of good people to work with. Every single employee has made a point to come up and shake his hand and tell him how they appreciate him and how they wish him well.”

Mountain Rides provides public bus service throughout the Wood River Valley and commuter van service for workers from the Magic Valley. The organization also promotes biking, walking and other alternatives to automobile transportation.

Terry Smith:

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