The Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC) congratulated Executive Director Darren Kettle on being named chief executive officer (CEO) of Metrolink. 

The Board of Directors of the Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA) made the selection at their meeting Friday. Kettle’s first day with the organization is tentatively set for Sept. 7. 

Kettle has been executive director of VCTC since 2007, where he has worked to connect cities and provide reliable and efficient public transportation to residents. Most recently, he has helped guide VCTC through the challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

VCTC is one of five regional transportation agencies that comprise the joint powers authority that governs Metrolink.

“VCTC and the entire community are grateful to Executive Director Kettle for his commitment to keeping Ventura County moving for so many years,” said Ventura County Supervisor and Commission Chair Kelly Long. “Our Commission looks forward to working with Mr. Kettle in his new role. Given VCTC’s close partnership with Metrolink, we are confident that Ventura County will continue to benefit from his leadership.” 

The Commission will soon begin the process of recruiting a new executive director. 

“VCTC looks forward to selecting another visionary, highly-qualified leader who will continue to carry out the Commission’s goals of providing transportation solutions in Ventura County,” Long said.

The Ventura County Transportation Commission is the regional transportation planning agency committed to keeping Ventura County moving. Program information is available at