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Yakima Transit manager hired to head Grays Harbor Transit

Dan Jackson | The Daily World The sun breaks through the trees at the Aberdeen Transit Station on Monday afternoon.
Dan Jackson | The Daily World The sun breaks through the trees at the Aberdeen Transit Station on Monday afternoon.

Grays Harbor Transit will soon have a general manager, with the agency’s board voting earlier this month to hire Ken Mehin, manager of Yakima Transit.

The agency has been without a permanent manager since former Manager Mark Carlin retired at the end of March. Aberdeen Mayor Bill Simpson, also president of the Grays Harbor Transit Board, said he and other board members met with applicants last week, and Mehin emerged as the best person for the job.

“He’s got a good attitude. I was very impressed with the guy,” Simpson said.

“We had excellent candidates from many transit (authorities). It was a heavy-duty group,” added Hoquiam Mayor Jack Durney, also a board member.

Mehin will start work in the next few weeks, Simpson said.

The new manager will have the responsibility of figruing out how to bring back some kind of weekend service in the wake of recent cuts and the approval of a sales tax increase that recently went into effect.

The board also permanently enstated Patti Carlin, who has been managing Grays Harbor Transit for the past two months, as the agency’s operations manager. She previously served as interim operations manager

Carlin is the wife to the previous transit director, Mark Carlin, who retired at the end of March after worked for the authority for about 30 years, starting out as a bus driver and working his way up to manager.