Governor’s office clarifies TriMet Board appointee’s district


Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber appointed Joe Esmonde to the TriMet Board of Directors in June of this year to replace Tiffany Sweitzer, whose term ended July 1. Due to a clerical error, Esmonde, who resides in District 2, was incorrectly appointed to District 3 as the replacement for Steve Clark.

This error has been corrected and Esmonde now represents District 2. The Governor’s office consulted with the Secretary of the Senate and Rules Committee staff and confirmed the appointment stands. However, Esmonde’s votes on board items will be invalidated but do not affect the actions taken by TriMet’s Board.

Esmonde’s District 2 covers North, Northwest and portions of Southwest Portland. He replaces Tiffany Sweitzer who served two full terms beginning in 2005.

About the TriMet Board of Directors
The seven-member TriMet Board is appointed by the governor and sets policy for the agency as well as appoints the general manager, implements legislation pertaining to transit operations and reviews and approves certain contracts. Board members are volunteers and can serve up to two four-year terms. For additional information about the TriMet board, visit