MCAG reveals its choice for executive director

rgiwargis@mercedsunstar.comFebruary 26, 2013 

— The Merced County Association of Governments announced Friday the appointment of Marjie Kirn as the agency's executive director.

The decision was made after a special closed session meeting Thursday, according to Lori Flanders, MCAG's public information officer.

Kirn has served as MCAG's interim executive director since September, replacing director Jesse Brown, who retired after 25 years.

Her duties as executive director will include overseeing management of all functions under the council of governments and the region's transit and solid waste services, said Flanders.

Kirn has identified important projects on her to-do list, including getting money for the Atwater-Merced Expressway Project.

The project is replacing the Highway 99 and Buhach Road interchange and aims to improve transportation to and from the Castle Commerce Center.

"My first priority is to ensure the region receives another share of the Proposition 1B Highway 99 funds for the Atwater-Merced Expressway Project," said Kirn.

The California Transportation Commission is scheduled to allocate the bond money during their March 5 meeting in San Francisco, according to Flanders. The Atwater-Merced Expressway Project is eligible to receive $52 million.

Kirn wants to implement Sunday and evening service for the transit system as well as find solutions for the green waste and composting programs.

Kirn, who has worked for MCAG since 1991, holds a bachelor's degree in communications from the University of California at San Diego.

Reporter Ramona Giwargis can be reached at (209) 385-2477 or rgiwargis@mercedsunstar.com.

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