Kitsap Transit’s board of commissioners has a new member. At the February meeting, Port Orchard city councilman Rob Putaansuu was added, in place of Bremerton city councilwoman Diane Robinson.
Before, the Bremerton mayor and two council people served on the board while the county’s other cities only got one representative apiece. Not only did that give Bremerton more sway, it was also a burden because of all the committees council members are required to be a part of.
The transit board changed its by-laws to change Bremerton’s third spot to an at-large position. Putaansuu was chosen to be the first to fill it.
Also, when the by-laws were changed in May, the board added a nonvoting union member to conform with state legislation. John Witte, secretary-treasurer of Teamsters 589, got the post. The rest of the board comprises chairman Will Maupin of the Bremerton council; vice-chair Lary Coppola, Port Orchard mayor; Ki Bracket of the Bainbridge council, Poulsbo mayor Becky Erickson, Bremerton mayor Patty Lent, and the three county commissioners — Josh Brown, Charlotte Garrido and whoever replaces Steve Bauer, who’s retiring in March.