Parker County Judge Mark Riley was elected secretary of the Regional Transportation Council (RTC) at its June monthly meeting. The RTC has 43 members including elected and appointed officials from the metropolitan planning area and representatives from each of the area transportation providers. The RTC is the independent transportation policy board of the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for 12 counties in the region and oversees the metropolitan transportation planning process."To be elected secretary of the RTC is certainly an honor and came as a total surprise, as I did not pursue the position," Riley said. "We are fortunate in this region to have a group of men and women , along with the COG transportation staff, who understand the need to work together solving our transportation problems. I look forward to the opportunity to serve at such a critical time as we develop and implement plans to provide for future transportation needs in our region." Some, but not all, of the responsibilities of the RTC are allocating federal, state and regional transportation dollars as designated for the region; guide development of multimodal transportation plans; recommending projects to the Texas Transportation Commission; authority to select transportation projects in some programs; and ensure transportation providers coordinate services.Riley will serve one year as secretary, then one year as vice-chair and, in July 2015, will become chair of the group. In his fourth term as County Judge, Riley recently has been presented the Community Service Award by the East Parker County Chamber, the Community Hero Award by the Careity Foundation and he was a top five finalist for the Individual Spotlight Award presented by the Greater Fort Worth Area Builders Association.