Posted on January 4, 2022
| 4.30 p.m.
The Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC) has selected Martin Erickson as its new executive director. Erickson is currently the Director of Transit for VCTC, the regional transportation planning agency for Ventura County.
Erickson was selected after a four-month recruitment process that attracted over 30 applicants. The commission questioned the last two candidates behind closed doors at a special meeting on December 16.
The committee will consider approval of a formal employment contract at its regular monthly meeting on Friday January 7 at 9 a.m., held via Zoom. The agenda is available on the VCTC website.
“Mr. Erickson has a thorough understanding of transportation and transit issues,” said Kelly Long, Ventura County Supervisor and VCTC. “His knowledge of Ventura County combined with his experience in building partnerships with local, regional and state agencies makes him the ideal candidate for this position. “
Erickson joined VCTC as Director of Transit in 2016. He oversees all of VCTC’s transit-related programs including intercity bus service, regional transit technology and ridesharing, as well as partnerships VCTC with regional bus and passenger train operators.
Most recently, Erickson coordinated the deployment of VCbuspass, the new regional bus pass and VCTC’s contactless payment system. He is also leading the VCTC Transit Integration and Efficiency Study, a project to identify potential improvements to local and regional bus transit.
Erickson sits on the federal legislative committee of the California Transit Association, a statewide organization that advocates for the interests of transit agencies.
“I am grateful for the confidence the commission has placed in me to continue my career in public service as the next executive director of the VCTC. I am delighted to work with and lead such a dedicated team of professionals who make up the VCTC staff, ”said Erickson.
Erickson has some 25 years of transit and transportation experience, including serving as Director of Government Affairs for the Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District and Deputy City Manager for the City of Oxnard, where his responsibilities included managing of the city’s transit service program.
Just prior to joining VCTC, he was Assistant General Manager for Santa Barbara County. He began his career as Director of Government Affairs at the Santa Barbara Area Chamber of Commerce.
Erickson holds a BA in History from UCSB and an MA in Management, Economics and Politics from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.
Erickson succeeds Darren Kettle, who was named CEO of the Southern California Regional Rail Authority (Metrolink) in September. Mark Watkins, former General Manager of the Town of Ventura, has served as VCTC Interim Executive Director since September.
“On behalf of the commission, I extend our sincere thanks to Mr. Watkins,” said Long. “His leadership and experience have helped the VCTC run smoothly during the search for a new CEO, and we are grateful for his services. “