Chief John Harrington was recognized as Transit Professional of the Year at the Minnesota Public Transit Association’s annual awards on Monday.
Harrington was recognized for his efforts to grow and diversify the department and for strengthening its commitment to community-oriented policing. With nearly 40 years of police experience, Harrington was sworn in as the agency’s seventh chief in 2012.
“I’m grateful for the recognition and the support,” Harrington said. “But this isn’t an individual award. It represents a lot of great work by our officers, department leadership and all our partners both at Metro Transit and around the region.”
Harrington is the latest Metro Transit leader to be recognized by MPTA as Transit Professional of the Year. Deputy General Manager Mark Fuhrmann was honored in 2014 and Jan Homan, Deputy Chief of Operations-Bus, was recognized in 2012.
In addition to the Transit Professional of the Year honors, Metro Transit received a Management Innovation award for its work on the Student Pass program.
Around 10,000 eligible high school students at Minneapolis Public Schools and elsewhere have received a Student Pass this school year. The pass can be used to ride transit to and from school, work and other activities.
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