BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The Capital Area Transit System (CATS) board voted to fire Bill Deville from the CEO position at a Wednesday special meeting

The board passed a motion, 7-2, to terminate Deville. After the vote, he will no longer be paid by CATS.

In April, CATS leaders voted to remove Deville from his position in a 7-8 motion. The board argued they did not have enough cause to fire Deville at that time, and instead of firing him, he remained an employee and still got paid.

“What we realized is that a complete termination of Mr. Deville was not only going to be costly but politically as well,” said CATS board member Patrick Downs in April.

On Wednesday, Metro Councilwoman Carolyn Coleman voiced concerns about litigation against CATS if Deville’s contract was terminated. CATS legal counsel Murphy Foster said Deville is not interested in a lawsuit right now.

“In a due process hearing, we would have to air out in public all of the shortcomings that we believe that Bill had and he would do the same for us. As opposed to doing it in the courtroom. You have the right to do that, he has the right to do that,” said Foster. “Again, preliminary his attorney indicated to me that he would rather negotiate a resolution.”

Dwana Williams will now officially take over as interim CEO. The board had voted to put her in the position back in April, but her contract is just now going through.

Williams provided the following statement:

“I am honored by the Board’s decision to place their trust in my ability to lead CATS into this new chapter. Being involved in public transit is more than just a job; it is a calling- a calling I was fortunate to recognize early in my career. Over the years, I have been blessed to see firsthand the way lives and communities can be changed when our neighbors have access to safe and reliable public transit. As interim CEO, I promise to do all I can to ensure that CATS continues to connect the residents of Baton Rouge and Baker to the people and places that matter.”

Dwana Williams, interim CEO of the Capital Area Transit System