Mary V. King retired from rom AC Transit this week, her last full day of service on Feb. 29, after steering the bus agency through some of its toughest financial times.
King was recruited to AC Transit in 2004 to become the Assistant General Manager for Communications and External Affairs. But five years later, she was appointed to be the Interim General Manager as the District struggled to stay afloat through labor strife, reduced state and federal funding and severe service cuts.
“In her capacity as Interim General Manager, Mary King directed the day-to-day operations of the District with exceptional leadership and business acumen, exercising financial adroitness during a time of extreme crisis by masterfully reducing District expenses while sustaining vital bus services,’’ the agency’s Board of Directors said in a resolution praising her tenure.
David J. Armijo took over as general manager on March 1.
“I won’t say it was always a pleasure, but it has been a privilege to serve the residents of this District, in particularly those many riders who must rely on public transportation for survival,” said King, who leaves AC Transit to return to her private consulting business.
King has a long history of civic leadership in the East Bay. In 1988, she became the first African American woman to be elected to the Alameda County Board of Supervisors. She was re-elected twice and served as Board President for two years.
Among other honors, Mary has been given the “Lifetime Achievement Award” by the Conference Of Minority Transportation Officials; the “Allen E. Broussard Memorial Award for Outstanding Humanitarianism” by the Alameda County Bar Association; the “George Moscone Memorial Award” by the American Society of Public Administration; and was named the “Legislator of the Year” in 1992 by the Association of Retarded Citizens.