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RTC names interim executive director
by Tribune Staff
Jan 21, 2009 | 768 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Courtesy RTC - Derek Morse
Courtesy RTC - Derek Morse
Derek Morse has been named interim executive director of the Regional Transportation Commission by the RTC Board.

He succeeds Greg Krause who retires Feb. 2.

Morse has 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.

Morese’s career with the RTC began in 1993 when he joined the commission as an engineering director. Since then, he has been involved in the development and implementation of the Regional Road Impact Fee, the increase of the local gasoline tax to support improvements and the successful WC-2 ballot initiative, which indexed local fuel tax rates to inflation and added 1/8 percent to the transportation sales tax.

Morse has been involved in virtually every aspect of the RTC’s business including the rehabilitation and construction of regional roads, long-range transportation planning and intergovernmental affairs.

As he looks to the future, Morse is spearheading the legislative approval process for RTC-5, the ballot question approved by voters in November that will increase revenues for streets and highways and create 3,000 jobs.

Over the last 30 years, Morse worked in the public and private sectors in the U.S. and Europe. He served as the executive director of the Jacksonville Transportation Authority in Florida, worked for the cities of Casper, Wyo., and New Britain, Con., for AMAX Coal Company at the world’s largest surface coal mine, for the U.S. Forest Service and for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Europe building cruise missile bases and entire communities to support them.

A 1976 graduate of Idaho State University, Morse received a Master of Science degree from Colorado State University in 1986. He is a registered professional Engineer in Nevada and Wyoming, an affiliate of the Transportation Research Board and a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Society of American Military Engineers, the Institute of Transportation Engineers and the American Public Works Association.

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