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RTC names former Vegas planner new executive director
by Sarah Cooper
Jul 31, 2009 | 927 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Courtesy RTC - Lee Gibson
Courtesy RTC - Lee Gibson
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Lee Gibson will be taking the helm of the Regional Transportation Commission after approval by the RTC board Friday morning.

Gibson, who comes from Las Vegas-based road planners Parsons Brinckerhoff, will lead a staff of 100 in an agency that will be producing $80 million per year in local road projects for the next few years.

Gibson is vice president and national technical director for planning at Parsons Brinckerhoff. Before joining the company he served with the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada as assistant general manager from 1999 to 2002 and director of planning from 1989 to 1999. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Texas Tech University and a master’s in urban planning from the University of New Orleans.

Most recently at Parsons Brinckerhoff Gibson helped the Territory of Guam with more than $160 million in transportation projects. He has extensive experience in transit planning and highway design. At the RTC of Southern Nevada, he planned the Las Vegas area’s first bus rapid transit line and worked extensively on metropolitan planning.

Gibson was approved by three members of the RTC board: Bob Larkin, David Humkee and Dwight Dortch. Board member David Aiazzi favored Celia Kupersmith and Sparks City Councilman Ron Smith favored interim executive director Derek Morse.

Advertisements for the job asked for a person who “leads the activities of staff to provide county-wide transit … and is intricately involved in all components of transit and transportation planning.”

The position became open in February when RTC executive director Greg Krause retired. Since that time, Morse has been acting as interim executive director.

Morse had previous experience in the position, serving as executive director from 1999 to 2001. He later returned to the RTC as deputy executive director and served as the agency’s chief planner.

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