The Vice Chairman of the Sunset Empire Transportation District has tendered his resignation. Ron Bline of Seaside served as Board Chair for two years helping guide the reorganization of the transportation district following the stormy departure of long time Executive Director Cindy Howe and the abrupt cancellation of the majority of the routes at the time. The district continues to recover from the fall-out of the devastating revelations of financial insolvency and mis-use of public funds and grants that caused the district to scale back with the realization they were badly over-extended. There was significant public outcry over the cuts to service and Bline Chaired many public meetings where residents dependent on the service testified repeatedly as the process of discovery regarding the district finances and the former Director continued. The board, under Bline, put transportation system consultants in place who began the work of restructuring and now the District is under the direction of Executive Director Jay Flint. Flint recently negotiated a settlement, approved by the board for the repayment of funds to the federal government that the district had collected in over payments for subsidized rides for which there was faulty documentation. The district has reestablished some routes and has re-established a connector route service through Columbia county but it is unlikely the SETD system will grow back to it's previous levels under Howe.
With Bline's departure the board is composed of Paul Lewicki, the current board chair and Rae Goforth is secretary treasurer. Carol Gearin, Marcia Fenske, Julie Gassner and Victor Kee. The District submitted the following solicitation seeking a member to take Bline's position: