Santa Monica Department of Transportation Director Ed King to Retire in August 2023

June 9, 2023 11:32 AM

SANTA MONICA, Calif. – The City of Santa Monica’s Department of Transportation Director Ed King announced that he will retire in August 2023. King retires with more than 46 years of service in public transportation, spending the last 12 years as director for the City of Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus, and most recently the Department of Transportation. His tenure at the City is preceded by leadership roles at Long Beach Transit and the San Luis Obispo Regional Transit Authority.

“I started my career in transportation as a traffic checker, then bus operator at the Regional Transportation Authority in Chicago, and am grateful to have worked alongside many remarkable, innovative, and resilient colleagues along the way,” said King. “I have been driven by the meaningful work of keeping communities connected to essential services and opportunities that improve social and economic well-being, and expanding access to safe, sustainable, affordable, and equitable integrated transportation options.”

During his time with the City, King has led teams whose accomplishments include:

“In his distinguished tenure, Ed has made tremendous improvements to Santa Monica’s transportation network,” said City Manager David White. “He adopted sustainable solutions for our transit fleet, restored services through our economic recovery efforts, and led the Department of Transportation through the challenges of COVID-19. I thank Ed for his steadfast leadership and years of service to our community.”

King’s last day will be August 9, 2023.

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