New Omnitrans Board Chair Sam Spagnolo (left) and Vice Chair Ron Dailey.
Rancho Cucamonga Mayor Pro Tem Sam Spagnolo takes the helm of the Omnitrans Board of Directors on July 1, 2015. Loma Linda Council Member Ron Dailey was elected Vice Chair at the June 3 Board meeting. Both will serve a two-year term.
Spagnolo succeeds outgoing Board Chair Alan Wapner, Mayor Pro Tem of Ontario. The 20-member Omnitrans Board consists of the County Board of Supervisors and elected officials representing each of the 15 cities Omnitrans serves.
“I appreciate the opportunity to guide the Board to ensure that Omnitrans operates effectively and efficiently to deliver vital transportation services to our communities,” said Spagnolo. “All people in the San Bernardino Valley benefit from improvements to our public transportation system, including infrastructure projects like the new San Bernardino Transit Center opening in September, to enhance regional connectivity and expand transportation options.”
Spagnolo joined the Omnitrans Board in 2011 and was elected Vice Chair in 2013. He has chaired the Board’s Operations & Safety Committee since 2014 and served on the Plans & Programs Committee since 2011. Spagnolo was elected to the Rancho Cucamonga City Council in 2004. He also serves on the League of California Cities on the Employee Relations Policy Committee and as Vice President of the Inland Empire Desert Mountain Division, rising to President in September. He is Chair of the Inland Empire Task Force, and Vice-Chair of the Foothill Freeway Corridor Design Authority. Spagnolo is a retired Fire Captain with thirty-five years of service, retiring in 2003.
Dailey joined the Omnitrans Board in 2010, also serving on the Board’s Administrative & Finance Committee in 2010 and 2011 and on the Plans & Programs Committee from 2011 to present. He was first elected to the Loma Linda City Council in 2010. Dailey is Dean of the School of Dentistry at Loma Linda University, where he has worked since 1975.
Board Chair Alan Wapner
Ontario Councilmember Alan Wapner takes the helm of the Omnitrans Board of Directors effective July 1, 2013. Rancho Cucamonga Mayor Pro Tem Sam Spagnolo was elected to Vice Chair at the June 5 Board meeting. Both will serve a two-year term.
Wapner succeeds Board Chair Dick Riddell, a Yucaipa Councilmember. The 20-member Omnitrans Board consists of the County Board of Supervisors and elected officials representing the 15 cities Omnitrans serves.
Wapner has served as an Omnitrans Board Member or Alternate since May 2000. He was appointed Chair of the Administrative and Finance Committee in July 2010. Wapner has been on the Ontario City Council for over 18 years. He is known in the region as an expert on transportation planning and has served on the League of California Cities and the National League of Cities, San Bernardino Associated Governments and numerous other regional boards. He is currently Ontario International Airport Authority President.
Vice Chair Sam Spagnolo
Spagnolo was appointed to Board of Directors in February 2011 and served on the Plans & Programs Committee. First elected to the Rancho Cucamonga City Council in 2004, he also serves on the League of California Cities Employee Relations Policy Committee, as Chair of the Inland Empire Task Force, and Vice-Chair of the Foothill Freeway Corridor Design Authority.
“I look forward to guiding the Board as we strive to ensure that Omnitrans continues to operate effectively and efficiently within a financially constrained environment.” said Wapner. “The people of the San Bernardino Valley desire and deserve a quality public transportation network, including new service like the sbX line, to improve regional mobility.”
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