Search committee recommends Bill Deville as new CATS CEO

Search committee recommends Bill Deville as new CATS CEO
CATS Rider Association (Source: WAFB)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - After a nationwide search for a new CEO, the search committee tasked with finding candidates to head the Capital Area Transit System (CATS) is recommending Bill Deville for the job.

Deville is currently serving as the company's interim CEO. The full CATS board will discuss Deville's appointment at its regularly scheduled board meeting on Tuesday, September 20.

"Bill Deville has served CATS well as the interim CEO, most recently leading the agency's response from the Baton Rouge flooding, during which CATS evacuated 6,000 residents. Bill has a vision for the future of CATS, which includes finding innovative ways to improve our fleet so that we are improving our service to riders in this community," said Ken Perret, chair of the CEO search committee.

"We thank Bill for his service to CATS and are excited about what the future brings for our riders and our staff. We will move forward with bringing Bill's confirmation to the full board next week," said Jim Brandt, CATS board chairman.

Deville is the former CEO of the Regional Transit Authority (RTA) in New Orleans. He served in this role during Hurricane Katrina. Deville also served as the RTA's budget director and CFO during his 22 years there.

After leaving the RTA, Deville worked in FEMA's transitional recovery office in New Orleans. He became the chief operating officer and project manager for CATS in 2013.

The search committee met on Wednesday, September 15 to to interview final candidates, which were selected from a larger pool of qualified applicants.

Jonathan Davis, former deputy general manager and CFO of the Massachusetts Bap Transportation Authority in Boston was the other finalist who participated in the final round of interviews.

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