A committee established to help the Metro Council vet applicants for seats on the Capital Area Transit System board has amended its list of recommendations to add more names, a day after coming under fire by a councilman for failing to provide options.
The committee on Tuesday had recommended only two names to the Metro Council for two CATS board vacancies that are expected to be filled at today’s 4 p.m. council meeting.
Councilman John Delgado said sending two names amounted to the committee trying to tell the Metro Council exactly who to appoint, rather than helping to guide them toward the top candidates.
The committee originally recommended two candidates — Jim Brandt, former Public Affairs Research Council president, and William Johnson, a Baker resident who drove a bus for the East Baton Rouge School System and served as a Zachary police officer for more than 20 years.
At least 27 people applied to the CATS board.
On Wednesday, the committee added 10 names to the list for the Metro Council’s consideration.
“No process is perfect, particularly at its inception,” Edgar Cage, committee chairman, wrote in an email to the council. “We look forward to continuing to work together to strengthen the CATS board and public transit in our community.”
The following 12 candidates met the qualifications set by the Metro Council when it established the committee in August:
- Kyle Ardoin. Several years of board experience and over ten years of management experience in public agency and association management.
- James Brandt. Transit expertise as former deputy director of New Orleans Downtown Development District, oversaw expansion of CBD shuttle system, years of board experience and over ten years of management experience in public policy.
- Stuart Gray. Some board experience, over ten years of management experience in freight transport.
- William Johnson. A Baker resident who has transit experience as bus driver for EBR school system, demonstrated leadership experience and years of board experience
- Tommy Milazzo. Several years of board experience and over ten years of management experience in business/sales.
- Ben Miller, Jr. Many years of board experience and demonstrated civic leadership, over ten years of management experience in law.
- Douglas Pennington. A Baker resident with more than 10 years of management experience, no prior board experience.
- Linda Perkins. A Baker resident with more than 10 years of management experience in tele-communications business, board experience.
- Antoinette Pierre. Public servant with years of leadership experience for various organizations and ten years of management experience in the education system.
- Mazie Roberson. A Baker resident with more than 10 years of management experience in law, years of leadership experience for various organizations.
- George Tully. Coaches blind/disabled riders in using transit system, knowledge of needs of system users, limited board experience.
- Paul West. Years of leadership roles and board experience with organizations in transition, demonstrated civic leadership and more than ten years of management experience.