John McPartland, a former battalion chief with the Oakland Fire Department, has been named the new president of BART’s board of directors.
McPartland was elected to the BART board in 2008, representing District 5 in Alameda County. He has served as the board’s vice president since 2010 and will now act as the body’s president after being unanimously voted in by his colleagues Thursday.
Longtime BART board member Tom Radulovich, who has been a member of the body since 1996, was voted in as vice president. Radulovich, who was also unanimously voted in, represents San Francisco.
McPartland replaces Bob Franklin as the board president. BART is one of only three transit agencies in the country that has a publicly elected board of directors. The board governs the policies of BART, which provides train service to four Bay Area counties.