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Amid Nakamoto reports on problems at bus system, metro council weighs independent investigation of CATS board

2 months 2 days 9 hours ago Tuesday, July 26 2022 Jul 26, 2022 July 26, 2022 6:54 PM July 26, 2022 in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE - After WBRZ exposed an avalanche of controversies at the Baton Rouge bus system, the East Baton Rouge Metro Council will discuss opening its own investigation into CATS leadership.

An agenda for Wednesday's meeting said the council will take up a proposal to form a committee investigating "the official conduct of members of the Capital Area Transit System (CATS) board of commissioners that are appointed by the Metropolitan Council."

The item was submitted by councilmembers Jen Racca and Carolyn Coleman, who represent the metro council on the CATS board. 

Over the past year, the WBRZ Investigative Unit has reported on various problems at the bus system, including multiple bus fires, failure to pay its bills and a high-level CATS exec keeping his job despite testing positive for meth.   

The CATS board recently ousted CEO Bill Deville amid the constant stream of controversies. 

Racca says the board did not follow proper procedures when firing Deville, which could cost tax payers. 

"There are proper mechanisms for hiring and firing employees and it doesn't look like anybody looked at these mechanisms to do so. So that in and of itself and the possible litigation they exposed themselves up to was absolutely alarming," Racca said.

As of Tuesday, she is unsure if that CATS board can be trusted to make the right decision. 

"I do not believe they are making accurate or educated decisions," Racca said. 

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