On Monday, Pat Schiermeyer will be inducted into the Washington State Department of Transportation Wall of Fame at the state Transit Symposium and Vendor Expo in Kennewick.
The Redmond resident is the power and facilities business and finance officer for King County Metro Transit and was one of 15 individuals nominated for the agency’s Wall of Fame. Of those 15, Schiermeyer — who has worked for Metro for almost 30 years — was one of two selected to receive the honor at the state level. Detective Megan Dauber with Metro Transit Police is the second recipient.
Jerry Rutledge, Schiermeyer’s manager, has known the Schiermeyer for 23 years and said he is a very generous colleague and is always willing to give up his time to help others.
“He is just so dependable, so reliable and unselfish,” Rutledge said.
Rutledge added that Schiermeyer manages a budget of about $30 million and is able to do so efficiently, which really helps Rutledge and other department leadership. In addition, Schiermeyer has written programming for budget management, business plans and other tasks. Rutledge said this is above and beyond anything that is expected of Schiermeyer.
Rutledge said Schiermeyer especially shines when things get tough like they are now during the down economy.
“(He gets) right to the nitty gritty of it,” Rutledge said.
Schiermeyer will soon retire after three decades with Metro, but said he will stay until Metro’s 2013 revised budget is completed, according to the agency’s newsletter, In Transit.