Regional transportation council chief to retire in 2014

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The executive director of the Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council has announced he will retire next year.

Dean Lookingbill told the RTC board last week he plans to step down in March 2014. Lookingbill, 61, has led the multijurisdictional agency since it formed in 1992.

The board will likely hire a search firm and develop criteria before narrowing the field of executive director candidates later this year. The new director, likely to come from outside the agency, could be hired by the end of 2013 to allow for a transition period before Lookingbill departs, he said.

The RTC is a planning organization for Clark, Skamania and Klickitat counties, plus the Washington side of the larger Portland-Vancouver urban area. RTC board members include representatives of Clark County, the city of Vancouver, C-Tran, the Washington State Department of Transportation and other jurisdictions.