Lomax was sent out on the road after a brand new job called 'cheif of staff' was created just for her. Must be nice to be part of a class of humans who can create jobs for you at will. These are not just jobs, these are nice fat pork positions. Shellys supposed to go around the country and see what other places are doing and bring back her knowledge to try met. (Oink oink, hows that for pork) Your tax dollars at work
So after a so called 'exhaustive search' Kelsey selected Jackson. Most of the people i've known are not fans of Jay Jackson. It appears the rule of thumb for tri-met management is to make sure you have managers who are not well liked by the people that actually do the work. Jackson fits right in.
Jackson is a long time company man who does what he is told. I had minimal interaction with him when i was at Trimet but the interaction I did have with him (grievance appeal) was unpleasant. He's another one of those people who is very good at pretending to be your pal while positioning the knife to stab you in the back