FirstGroup America Appoints New Vice President to First Transit Division

For Release June 28, 2012
Contact: Timothy Stokes

FirstGroup America Appoints New Vice President to First Transit Division

Harris to serve as Vice President, Safety and Human Resources for First Transit.

CINCINNATI— FirstGroup America recently announced the appointment of Thomas J. Harris to Vice President, Safety and Human Resources for its First Transit and First Services division. Harris joined the company in May 2010 as a Senior Attorney for FirstGroup America, utilizing his legal counsel on numerous matters, including those concerning safety, risk management, and employee relations. To this new role, Harris brings with him nearly 20 years of legal experience.

“I am very excited about this new opportunity,” Harris said. “I look forward to the new challenges that face me in this position as I work to assist the organization in producing new policies and continuing to maintain its current  procedures, all in an effort to to improve the company and the work environment for its employees.”

While in his new position, Harris will be responsible for the development, recommendation and implementation of safety and human resources programs, policies and procedures for the organization, as well as ensuring compliance with these practices. He will have a lead role in establishing the organization’s safety targets and setting the plans to achieve them. In addition, Harris will be responsible for overseeing and facilitating human resources strategies.

Previously, Harris worked for Comair where he managed the employment caseload and handled labor, risk management and compliance matters. Prior to Comair, he served as Assistant General Counsel at Alderwoods Group in Cincinnati, was a Senior City Attorney with the City of Cincinnati, and a Senior Associate Attorney with Burlew, Caliman & Youngblood, LLP. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Cincinnati Law School.

About First Transit
First Transit, Inc., part of FirstGroup America, is a leading provider of passenger transportation contract and management services in the United States. In 2008, FirstGroup America was awarded the National Safety Council’s highest award for safety. With more than 51 years of experience, First Transit provides operation, management and consulting for 235 locations in 41 states and Puerto Rico for transit authorities, state departments of transportation, federal agencies, municipal organizations and private companies. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter at