EMTA's Board of Directors named Jeremy Peterson as the transit authority's new chief executive officer during their meeting Monday evening.

Peterson has been working as acting executive director since the resignation of Lynn Schantz in August 2018.

He oversaw the completion of the current administrative building in March 2019 and will continue to manage the transit-oriented development space and parking garage that is expected to be done in early 2020. Peterson also secured funding for new fare boxes and radios in buses, as well as three new compressed natural gas buses, according to a statement. He is also integrating a customer response center to make using public transportation easier.

Peterson started his career at EMTA in 2011 as the director of fixed-route operations.

“The Board and I are very satisfied with this decision," said Dave Robinson, chair of EMTA's Board of Directors, in a statement. "Over the past seven months, we saw the contributions that Peterson has made to EMTA. We are confident in his abilities to help EMTA continue to flourish.”