King County Transit is currently implementing a succession management program designed to ensure that they can retain all of the competencies of current staff as those staff begin to retire or leave. While there are several challenges in creating a succession management program in the public sector because of preexisting commitments to seniority-based promotions, King County Transit has been able to implement a system in which promising first and second line managers are identified and mentored for promotion into senior roles through 6 months of job coaching. The program has identified 8 people so far, of whom nearly 50% have been promoted. King County Transit is now looking to expand the program and to increase this number to a 75% promotion rate.
Mr. Jonathan Halperin, Workforce Development Program Manager