CATS board strips bus boss of title in hastily-called meeting amid series of Nakamoto investigations
BATON ROUGE - The board overseeing the city bus company voted Monday to de-frock the CEO from his position, though he will get to stay on at the department and keep his six-figure pay.
As of Monday night, the Capital Area Transit System couldn't tell WBRZ what role Bill Deville will fill going forward to justify his $191,000 salary.
"The agency at this time is dysfunctional," Linda Perkins, the board vice president, said.
The board had originally scheduled a meeting to possibly fire the bus boss, Bill Deville, after a series of reports by WBRZ and investigative reporter Chris Nakamoto.
"You all have had no shortage of commentation and material to report on the agency over time," board president Kahil Cohran said.
The WBRZ Investigative Unit reported on a series of problems at the organization in recent months.
The Investigative Unit has exposed several controversies at the bus system, including an executive who tested positive for meth, a recording where another boss alleged that millions of dollars were missing, and bills that were not paid on time.
Current employees are fed up as well.
"Chris Nakamoto's worked hard to show the neglect in the agency, so it speaks for itself," current employee and the union leader Shavez Smith said.
Dwana Williams was named interim CEO.
"We wanted someone internal, not to have someone completely new coming in, and in regard to her competency and her performance over the times that I've observed her, I feel comfortable," Cohran said.
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