BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Capital Area Transit System board member Ryan Heck has called it quits. He turned in his resignation letter to the East Baton Rouge Metro Council Mayor Pro Temp Chandler Loupe Tuesday afternoon.
Heck is the 6th CATS board member to leave since April. He tells 9News the reason he got on the board was to help it through the transitional and turbulent phase. He feels the board is now getting on the right track and his work is done.
Honorable Mayor Pro Tempore Loupe,
Please accept this letter as my resignation, effective October 1st, 2013, from the Capital Area Transportation System Board of Directors.
I would like to take a moment to thank my council colleagues who allowed me to serve on this board. While my term has been brief, I feel that my purpose for being on the board has been fulfilled, and that with the new board member selection criteria now in place, I am confident that my successor will be a highly qualified individual that will bring much needed experience, professionalism, and integrity to the CATS Board.
In the past 8½ months, CATS has been thru some turbulent times, for sure. Most, if not all, of that turbulence was well deserved. However, I believe the house at CATS has now been significantly cleaned up due to the efforts of many working feverishly to do so, and I look forward to hearing some positive news about CATS in the near future.
While I am skeptical of the viability of any public bus system to successfully attract riders of choice in Baton Rouge, I do have the utmost faith in our CEO Bob Mirabito and our Board Chairman Marston Fowler to deliver a transit system that utilizes the taxpayers' dollars in an efficient manner, and I wish them well in their efforts.
Being the District 11 representative on the EBR Metro Council, I will continue to work to insure that CATS is held accountable to both the riders and the taxpayers.
As my resignation doesn't fully take effect until the Metro Council appoints someone to my seat on the Board, I will continue to serve in my capacity as a Board Member until the new appointment takes place, as there may be several key votes that will occur in the next 60 days or so that will require my presence.
Councilman, District 11
Former CATS CEO Brian Marshall resigned in April. Montrell McCaleb stepped down in July after he was accused of using CATS dollars for personal use. Marshall temporary replacement Isaiah Marshall called it quits on July 25th. Chief Financial Officer Gary Owens resigned in August. Jared Loftus left just a few days later.
Heck's resignation goes into effect after the council appoints someone to replace his seat on the CATS board.