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City of El Paso officials announced that, effective Monday, April 20th, longtime Director of Environmental Services Ellen Smyth had been appointed to oversee Sun Metro.
“Ellen Smyth is a proven leader who transformed the Environmental Services Department, a department struggling to stay afloat and facing a multi-million deficit, into a high-performing organization considered a leader in the solid waste industry,” Deputy City Manager Cary Westin said. “Her experience with routing systems, customer service and managing a large workforce makes her an easy and excellent choice for managing Sun Metro.”
Smyth will serve as Managing Director over Sun Metro and Environmental Services.
Since 2007, the City has contracted with First Transit to manage Sun Metro operations. The contract has expired and services are currently being provided under a month-to-month agreement.
The City is changing its approach to managing transit services as Sun Metro, like other communities across the nation, is facing decreased revenues as a result of decreased ridership; a trend that was seen before the pandemic.
While Sun Metro has reduced expenses, the financial stresses are even more challenging now due to the global health and economic crisis plaguing the El Paso region.
During her time with the City and through a shared contract, Smyth also took on the role of Chief Administrator for the County of El Paso.
Her career includes leading the South Central Solid Waste Authority for the City of Las Cruces and Doña County, and serving as Senior Environmental Engineer for Waste Management of Texas.
She has a Master of Public Administration from New Mexico State University and a Master of Pastoral Studies from Loyola University and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M.