CATS board approves new contract for Mirabito
BATON ROUGE - Members of the Capital Area Transit System's governing board approved a three-year contract extension and a raise Monday night for CEO Bob Mirabito.
The contract includes a $175,000 salary with an extra $700 monthly allowance for benefits like health and life insurance. The contract can also be extended for two additional two-year terms.
The board went into executive session for less than ten minutes to discuss the contract before voting to approve it.
The move by the board was controversial since transit union members asked, instead, for Mirabito's raise and renewal be deferred.
"We know there are lots of challenges and a lot of things that need to be done, but overtime we will get to taking care of the things we promised the public we would do," Metro Councilwoman Donna Collins-Lewis said. Collins-Lewis also sits on the CATS board.
"The board looked at his performance evaluation and still felt confident that Bob is moving the organization in the right direction," she said.
"Hopefully, we can provide a first-class transit system to Baton Rouge over the next five to seven years and get to where we need to be," Mirabito said.
Mirabito has been CEO of the Capital Area Transit System since 2013 when he was brought in to overhaul the troubled system. Since then Mirabito helped get a tax increase passed to give more money to the cash-strapped system, but has faced criticism from the driver's union for not fixing buses.
With his new salary, Mirabito becomes one of the highest-paid leaders in city-parish government.