William E. Harrell hired as HRT’s new President/CEO

NORFOLK, VA – The Transportation District Commission of Hampton Roads on Thursday selected William E. Harrell as the new president and CEO of Hampton Roads Transit. The vote was unanimous.


Harrell, the city manager of Chesapeake, will replace Philip A. Shucet who was hired in February 2010 to help complete construction of The Tide light rail.


After rail service began in August 2011, Shucet initiated a series of internal reforms to improve HRT’s overall management practices and make HRT a more publicly accountable organization.  Shucet is returning to his private transportation consulting business.


Harrell has served as Chesapeake’s city manager since June 2007 and is credited with helping the city reduce spending while sustaining core servcies without an increase in taxes or fees.  With 26 years in public service, Harrell has spent much of his career focused on operations including public works, fleet mainteance, public utilities and transportation.


He implemented a “community engagement” initiative for the budget process called “Listen  and Learn.”  It was designed to enhance citizen communication, input and overall transparancy of government through multiple modes of communication, including social media.


Harrell also has served as the Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Richmond, VA (January, 2005 to March 2007), and that city’s deputy city manager (October 1999 to December 2004), Assistant City Manager , Greensboro, N.C. (October 1996 to September 1999) and Assistant City Manager for the City of Suffolk, VA (February 1995 to September 1996).


While Shucet’s contract originally ended Jan. 31, 2012, he has agreed to stay until March 31st.  Harrell begins work at HRT on April 2nd.


For more information about Hampton Roads Transit and its services, visit www.gohrt.com