Meet the 4 candidates being considered for Capital Metro’s president/CEO position Jan. 8

Capital Metro board members said goodbye to President/CEO Linda Watson at her final board meeting Dec. 18. Watson announced her retirement July 31.

Capital Metro board members said goodbye to President/CEO Linda Watson at her final board meeting Dec. 18. Watson announced her retirement July 31.

The public is invited to hear from four candidates interviewing for the top spot at Capital Metro, the city of Austin’s transit agency.

A public forum is set for Jan. 8 from 6-8 p.m. at Austin ISD’s Performing Arts Center at 1500 Barbara Jordan Blvd., Austin, in the Mueller development. Access to the meeting is available through Capital Metro bus routes 37 and 320 as well as from the MLK MetroRail Station via the agency’s new ridehailing transit app.

The forum begins with remarks from each of the four candidates who will then answer questions from the public. Public relations consultant, and former CBS Austin anchor, Ron Oliveira, is moderating the forum.

There will be no open mic for questions, residents were permitted to submit questions ahead of time.

If residents are unable to attend the meeting in person, the forum will be live-streamed on Capital Metro's Facebook page.

Capital Metro’s board of directors is holding a specially called meeting Jan. 9 to name the new president/CEO and will approve the contract at its regular board meeting Jan. 29.

During its December meeting, the board announced the four finalists:

  • Randy Clarke: vice president of operations and member services for the American Public Transportation Association and formerly with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority in Boston;

  • Erika Mazza: deputy general manager of the Northern Arizona International Public Transportation Authority in Flagstaff, Arizona;

  • Darrell Mobley: director of the Department of Public Works & Transportation for Prince George’s County in Maryland who has authority over the Maryland Transit Administration’s light rail Purple Line under construction; and

  • Raymond Suarez, chief operating officer of Denton County Transportation Authority and formerly the chief administrative officer of the Trinity Railway Express, a commuter rail service that was a joint venture of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit and the Fort Worth Transportation Authority.

The announcement will come just a few weeks after former President/CEO Linda Watson officially retired Dec. 31. She announced her retirement in July.

Elaine Timbes, the agency’s deputy CEO and chief operating officer, is serving as interim president/CEO.

Editor's note: This post has been updated to clarify comments from residents.
By Amy Denney

Managing Editor, Austin metro

Amy has worked for Community Impact Newspaper since September 2010, serving as reporter and later senior editor for the Northwest Austin edition as well as covering transportation in the Austin metro. She is now managing editor for the 10 publications in the Central Texas area from Georgetown to New Braunfels.


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