March 15, 2010
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AC Transit Deputy GM Jim Gleich Dies
Jim Gleich, 66, deputy general manager with AC Transit in Oakland, CA, died March 7.
Gleich came to AC Transit in 1994 as an employment/accessibility specialist. He rose quickly through the ranks, becoming an assistant general manager in 1997 before being named to his most recent post in 1999.
As deputy general manager, Gleich was involved with all aspects of the system’s day-to-day operations. But he primarily worked to establish and maintain liaisons and/or partnerships with customers, business leaders and community advocates as well as local, regional, state and federal officials, both elected and appointed.
Earlier, he worked for more than 30 years as an executive with state and federal government agencies. He served as chief executive officer of public agencies in both Massachusetts and South Dakota and an executive staff member for the U.S. Senate.
“It’s like losing a big brother for me and the entire AC Transit family,’’ said AC Transit Interim General Manager Mary King. “Jim cared about the people we serve, particularly those who are most dependent upon our service. I think he spent his entire career learning the ins and outs of government and public transit in order to make sure those on the outside could get in. I will miss him.”
At the time of his death, Gleich was a designated director on the APTA Board of Directors and a member of the State Affairs Committee, Policy and Planning Committee, Legislative Committee, Environmental Justice/Title VI Subcommittee, and Access Committee.