Posted: Oct 7, 2013 4:55 PM by Rob Krieger
Updated: Oct 7, 2013 6:21 PM
BATON ROUGE - People in East Baton Rouge Parish have a chance to virtually sit in on interviews with people being considered for open board positions with the Capital Area Transit System.
The Metro Council will select two new members to fill vacant slots on the CATS board at the next council meeting. Before their picks are made, though, a "Qualifications Review Committee" interviewed nearly two dozen applicants and posted the interviews online.
"We vetted the candidates, we wanted to give the Metro Council a chance to see all the candidates and the public in general, where they can make an assessment on who they think should be on the CATS board," said Edgar Cage, a member of the review committee and Together Baton Rouge.
The board lost four members earlier this year, one reason why Councilman Buddy Amoroso decided to create the review committee to ensure the best applicants were selected for the board.
"We're trying to take the politics out of the selection process and we're trying to get nine of the best people, people that come from different backgrounds, people that come from engineering, people that have technical backgrounds, people who rode the buses before," said Amoroso.
The council will select two members from the applicant pool of 28 at the next meeting and then another two members in November.
You can review the interviews recorded by the committee on their Youtube channel here.