BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — For months, the East Baton Rouge Metro Council has been investigating the Capital Area Transit System. Councilwoman Carolyn Coleman says the committee is starting to see progress.
“We are finally getting our questions answered,” said Coleman.
But, it hasn’t been easy. Attorney Michael Adams hired by the metro council, says the CATS commissioner was not complying with the investigation, which led him to issue a subpoena.
“We have made tremendous progress since our last meeting in November. We were able to formalize our request to the CATS Commission through subpoenas,” said Adams. “There were some objections on some of the topics, and we recognize those objections that deal with some of the litigation that they’re involved in now.”
Those objections stop the committee from investigating former CEO Bill Deville’s termination and an allegedly falsified drug test. Adams says CATS is being transparent with looking for a new CEO and replacing two commissioners. Coleman says this hiring process is crucial in changing the culture.
“I would say that a good commissioner would be one that would have some expertise in the area that is necessary to operate an entity such as CATS,” said Coleman.
The bus system commissioners will now meet with the metro council throughout the year for reports like most entities do.
“They want to have the community more aware and involved in which direction the organization is going,” said Adams. “And so we think that’s a great move for them and that’s one of the things that.”
In March, the council will get a full report of their review of CATS. That includes how well CATS functions and safety and auditing concerns.