MARTA (the transit agency that really should change its name*) has been in the process of selecting a new CEO since Dr. Beverly Scott told the Board she would not be seeking a new contract. According to the AJC, 11 candidates have been whittled down to 4, which means that MARTA doesn’t have to say who they are, since state law doesn’t require releasing those names until there are only 3 candidates. But “there can be only one” and State Rep. Mike Jacobs (R-Brookhaven), who chairs the legislative committee that oversees MARTA, has made his preference pretty clear.
“It’s my understanding that MARTA has a very good internal candidate,” said Jacobs, a Republican, referring to deputy general manager and chief operating officer Dwight Ferrell. “The decision the MARTA Board makes … may well determine in the very near term the direction of its relationship with the General Assembly. An internal candidate who is committed to doing the work that needs to be done to get MARTA’s fiscal ship righted could go a long way to shoring up and bolstering the relationship with the General Assembly.”
“Getting that fiscal ship righted” means getting rid of this years’ projected $33 million deficit, and privatizing some of MARTA’s functions. Mr. Ferrell has a pretty impressive resume. The only other name released so far has been that of Keith Parker, the head of the bus system in San Antonio, Texas, whose bonus last year raised a few eyebrows.
Question: Does wishing someone “good luck” on becoming MARTA’s CEO mean you hope they get the job or that they don’t get the job?
*My suggestion is “Georgia Regional Infrastructure Transit System,” or GRITS. What county would try to keep GRITS out? Feel free to leave your aspirational acronyms in the comments.