The former head of Atlanta’s streetcar project is now the chief executive officer of the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority.
The SORTA Board approved Dwight Ferrell as the new CEO Tuesday morning.
Ferrell comes to the Cincinnati area from Fulton County, Georgia, where he served as county manager since October 2013. Before that, he was the deputy general manager and chief operating officer of MARTA, the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority for four years.
“We chose Dwight because of his tremendous experience in transit at some of the largest transit systems in the country,” said Jason Dunn, SORTA Chair. “We believe he understands the importance and impact transit can have on emerging communities and economic development.
“Dwight understands that we need the community, corporate partners and political stakeholders to be fully engaged and to do this will require relationship-building, trust access, and leadership,” said Dunn.
Ferrell has worked in other multi-modal public transit authorities, including Austin, Dallas, New Orleans, and Philadelphia.
He has signed a three year contract with SORTA, with the option for one year extensions. His salary is $185,827 a year.