New County Board member Christian Dorsey has been tapped to serve as Arlington’s non-voting representative on the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority board of directors.
Dorsey, whose County Board term began Jan. 1, will succeed recently retired County Board member Mary Hynes on the WMATA board.
The designation was made by County Board members at their New Year’s Day organizational meeting. It will be confirmed by the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission, which formally appoints local-government representatives to the WMATA board.
Dorsey, Katie Cristol and Jay Fisette will serve as the County Board’s three representatives on the Northern Virginia Transportation for the Coming Year.
The WMATA board includes representation from Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia and the federal government. Virginia’s two voting seats are held by Fairfax County Supervisor Catherine Hudgins (D-Hunter Mill) and Fairfax Chamber of Commerce CEO Jim Corcoran, representing the state government.
Until a few years ago, Arlington held a voting seat on the board of directors. The county was bumped down to secondary status when the Virginia state government insisted on having voting representation on the body.
Also at the Jan. 1 meeting, County Board members designated Fisette to serve as Arlington’s representative on the board of the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority, a separate body, for 2016.