DART is Searching for New CEO to Drive Organization’s Future

DART is Searching for New CEO to Drive Organization’s Future

Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority (DART) has begun a nationwide search to fill its Chief Executive Officer role, with support from Krauthamer & Associates, LLC as the executive recruiting agency leading the search.

Located in Iowa’s capital and as the largest public transit agency in the state, DART serves 11 cities within Polk and Dallas Counties and parts of unincorporated Polk County. DART operates 139 fixed route, on-call, and paratransit vehicles that provide nearly 3 million trips every year. DART’s vanpool program operates in 22 counties.

“The CEO must adeptly represent DART on a local, state and national level,” said Sheri Kyras, DART’s Interim CEO. “The ideal candidate will be regionally minded and highly collaborative, advocating for public transit’s vital role in the central Iowa community to ensure equitable, accessible and affordable transportation options for residents and visitors.”

As a tax-supported transit system, DART is accountable to its region’s voters and is represented by a 12-member Commission, with one Commissioner representing each member government it serves. The CEO assumes full responsibility for the administration, management and operations of DART and is overseen by the DART Commission.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for a new leader to assume the helm of DART at a critical time in the history of the agency,” said Russ Trimble, DART’s Commission Chair and Mayor of West Des Moines. “Our Transit Optimization Study and strategic plan recently laid out plans to implement innovative new transit services, continued modernization of DART’s fleet and facilities, sustainability advances and exploration for strategic funding diversification.”

Trimble adds, “The CEO will have the opportunity to lead significant change for the future of our region’s transit system, positively impacting the people DART serves for years to come.”

Krauthamer & Associates, LLC was retained to conduct the search as the transit industry’s leading public transportation executive search firm with experience recruiting CEOs for transit agencies globally. For additional information or to apply for the position, please contact Gregg Moser, the Krauthamer & Associates, LLC executive recruiter leading the search, at gmoser@kapartners.com.

Learn more about DART’s CEO duties and responsibilities at ridedart.com/CEOsearch.