CATS Board President Isaiah Marshall resigning effective immediately

Isaiah Marshall
Isaiah Marshall

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Capital Area Transit System, CATS, Board President, Isaiah Marshall is resigning immediately amid controversy over the city's transit system.

Marshall sent his resignation letter minutes ago to WAFB's Kiran Chawla.

"As many of you know, CATS has been in the media a lot over the last couple of weeks. As Board Chairman, I am disheartened by many of the things that have been said about our city's transit company. I have worked hard as a board member to help deliver a better transit organization. I believe CATS' best days are ahead. I also believe we are headed in the right direction. Unfortunately, this will occur without me as a board member. Effective immediately, I am resigning from the chairmanship and the CATS Board. It is clear to me that media attention on me will continue to be a distraction to the system that I have worked very hard to help improve. This is unfortunate. However, the system is bigger than me and the cause is greater than one board member. I have enjoyed my time on the board and do not regret choosing to serve this system. It is my departing wish that CATS will become the system that I believe it can be. A system that serves the needs our city and her citizens. I will be forever grateful to the men and women who work every day to improve the Capital Area Transit System. It has been my great privilege to work with you," said Marshall.

Marshall says Vice Chairman Dalton Honore will take over as interim Board President.

In response to Marshall's resignation Mayor Kip Holden released the following statement:

"I complement Mr. Marshall for making a decision that now tends to lead us on the road to getting the credibility of CATS in order again. The effects of his continuation on that board would have caused much more division in the city than the city itself deserves. I call on others to examine themselves like Mr. Marshall has and make a decision whether staying on the board is going to be detrimental or getting off the board will be beneficial."