Maggie Brooks hired at RTS


The speculation is over: outgoing County Executive Maggie Brooks has landed a gig as an RTS executive.

Brooks has been tapped to be the transit agency's vice president of strategic initiatives, a move that'll probably come as a surprise to few. RTS officials recently created the position to better connect and work with regional groups, a job description that seems tailored for Brooks.

“The new reality is that more resources are being directed to our community through strategic initiatives such as the Regional Economic Development Councils and the Anti-Poverty Initiative," RTS CEO Bill Carpenter says in a press release. "That reality brings with it a growing need for RTS to increase our level of engagement and make sure the members of the respective initiatives understand what we can and can’t do with the resources we have. Maggie’s experience, dedication to the community and involvement with these initiatives make her the perfect fit for the job.”

Brooks ends her third term as county executive this month. She'll start with RTS on January 4.

“I am thrilled to be joining Bill Carpenter and the RTS team to continue serving the community I love,” Brooks says in the press release. “Public transit is a critical component of our community and RTS does a great job connecting its customers to jobs, education, health care, shopping and recreational activities. I look forward to drawing on my experience to support Bill and continue working to address some of our community’s most pressing needs.”

Carpenter served a stint as finance officer in the Brooks administration. Several other RTS employees are also former Brooks administration officials, including chief financial officer Scott Adair and general counsel Dan DeLaus.