Darren Kettle to Lead Metrolink
The Board of Directors of the Southern California Regional Rail Authority (Metrolink) has named Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC) Executive Director Darren Kettle as Metrolink’s next CEO. Kettle will replace Stephanie Wiggins, who now leads the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro). Arnold Hackett has been serving as Metrolink’s interim CEO.
“I am pleased to announce that today we have selected Darren Kettle to serve as our next CEO,” said Metrolink Board Chair and Glendale Councilmember Ara Najarian. “Darren’s breadth of leadership experience includes executive roles in three of our five member counties. From the inland areas to the coastal communities of Ventura County, Darren’s transformative vision and passion for public transportation will well serve Metrolink as the agency continues to meet the needs of and provide more opportunities to Southern Californians.”
“I am excited to join Metrolink as the new CEO and want to thank the Board for their vote of confidence and partnership,” said Kettle. “Over the years I’ve had the chance to work with Metrolink as a regional partner. Now, I look forward to leading the executive team and the entire staff to continue its customer-first approach and rebuild ridership lost during the pandemic. We will showcase the agency’s value and essential role in connecting people seven days a week to their places of work and recreation. Metrolink is an integral part to the lives of Southern Californians. I am also enthusiastic to be part of Metrolink as we prepare to welcome local and global fans to the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2028.”
Kettle has worked for local and regional government agencies for the past 32 years. Before joining VCTC, Kettle served as Director of Freeway Construction for the San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG). Prior to that, he led intergovernmental and legislative affairs for both SANBAG and the Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC). Kettle has worked for the City of Rialto, the County of San Bernardino, and the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG). He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Master of Public Administration degree from California State University, San Bernardino.
Metrolink is a regional passenger rail system with 62 stations operated by the Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA). It has 283 employees and serves the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura and North San Diego.
Kettle’s expected start date is Sept. 7.