Garden Grove Mayor Steven R. Jones was unanimously selected January 13 as the new chairman of the OCTA Board of Directors. Jones served as the OCTA board’s vice chairman for the last year. He replaces outgoing Chairman Tim Shaw, also a City Councilman from La Habra, who remains on the board representing Orange County’s Fourth District.
“OCTA’s mission to keep Orange County moving is vital to the quality of life here in our county and it’s a true honor to be chosen by my colleagues to help deliver a balanced and sustainable transportation system,” Jones said. “We are underway on several major transportation improvements, including the I-405 and, in my backyard, I’m excited to see progress on building the OC Streetcar. I’m eager to work with my colleagues and with the public to ensure these important projects efficiently move forward.”
Jones began serving on the Garden Grove City Council in 2007, and in 2016 was elected mayor. He has been on the OCTA board representing the county’s First District since 2013.
He has held various leadership roles, including this last year serving on OCTA’s Transit and Finance & Administration committees.
In his other service to the community, Jones is a past president and current board member of the Garden Grove Community Foundation, where he has served since 2007. He is also a founding board member of the Association of California Cities and is on the board of the Orange County Sanitation District.
Selected by the board to serve as vice chair was Andrew Do, also Orange County’s First District Supervisor.
In addition, the OCTA board welcomed a new member, Harry S. Sidhu, Mayor of Anaheim, and returning members Laurie Davies, Barbara Delgleize, and Gene Hernandez for new terms.