It's a good time to be Aaron Reardon. In December, Reardon was elected chair of the Sound Transit Board, a position last held by Greg Nickels, and yesterday he presided over his very first meeting at Sound Transit's Union Station headquarters.
Much of the first hour was devoted to ticking off the year's accomplishments--starting with a biggie: opening light rail. "I think we all remember last July," Sound Transit CEO Joni Earl told the board, from her seat at Reardon's right hand. He flashed a winning smile back at her.
But in addition to dwelling on last year's accomplishments, Earl also came to the meeting with a list of goals for next year. The biggest is finalizing the plans for sending light rail to Bellevue, which is proving to be a challenge.
But if anyone can get that train across the water, it's Reardon. As he demonstrated yesterday, while Earl read through the action items for the year ahead, he is a master of the intense listener pose. He furrows his brow, focusing his gaze on the person speaking, cocks his arm with hand on hip, and leans forward. It's a position that suggests he's paying attention and evaluating each thing you say in his steel trap of a mind.
"I will continue to work with all the board members, the staff, and the public," Reardon said, in his powerful baritone. I'm not really sure what that means, but somehow, it's very comforting when he says it.