Orange County Names First Director for new Transportation Department

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 5, 2017) -- Theo Letman has been named Orange County’s new Transit Director.

Letman will lead the newly created Orange County Public Transportation Department. The Board of County Commissioners created this department within its 2016-17 budget. Letman will oversee 15 employees and will report to the County Manager.

Letman has served as Urban Transit Group Leader for the Georgia Department of Transportation since April 2015. He also has management experience with local transit systems in Jackson, Miss., and Gwinnet County, Ga. He received his bachelor’s degree in Transportation and Logistics Management from North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro.

"I am excited and pleased to be back, working in a region of the country where I have lived nearly half of my adult life. I look forward to working on improving the transit options and connectivity in this area; and ensuring our current system is operating safely, performing efficiently and providing quality customer service for our passengers."

As Transit Director, he will oversee state and federal applications, awards and reporting and ensure compliance with federal and state laws and regulations. He will serve as liaison between Orange County and other transit stakeholders, including GoTriangle, Chapel Hill Transit and other local jurisdictions.

Established by the Orange County Board of Commissioners to serve the general public and the clients of community services agencies, Orange County Public Transportation offers bus and van services outside the Chapel Hill/Carrboro city limits, including planning and coordinating for county residents with transportation needs. The service provided more than 65,000 one-way trips to residents in 2015-16.

“Theo brings a wealth of experience in public transportation, at the state and local levels, to Orange County,” said Orange County Manager Bonnie Hammersley said.

Letman’s start date as the Director is Jan. 9, 2017.