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Chair Lee Walker retiring from Cap Metro board
Tuesday, April 1, 2008 by Mark Richardson
Lee Walker, chair of Capital Metro’s board of directors since 1997, announced Monday that he is retiring from that position on May 31.
In addition to his duties with Capital Metro, the 66-year-old
“While there is never a right time to leave, I nevertheless feel my time has come,” he said in a letter to CAMPO Chair Sen. Kirk Watson. “I would like nothing more than to stay on until the day I take my first train ride. However, that would not be fair to the agency.”
Developing a rail system has been a major part of
At the time of his appointment, the Texas Legislature had disbanded the previous Capital Metro board amidst accusations of financial irregularities and poor management.
“In addition to improving Cap Metro services, we have set an ethical standard for our business operations that permeates every corner of the agency,” he said. “I hope my service has helped bring stability to the organization and integrity to its processes.”
A large crowd gathered in the Capital Metro boardroom for
“Twelve years ago, I was chair of the Transportation Committee of the Downtown Austin Alliance, a regular bus commuter and a frequent critic of Capital Metro.” Wynn said. “Now we find ourselves in a very different and much better place – and the vast bulk of the credit goes to Lee Walker for his exceptional vision and tireless volunteer service.”
Watson said he encouraged
“It was long ago and, and it was a time so much more contentious and painful than now, its easy to forget what a huge task he faced,” Watson said. “Capital Metro is better off because of his leadership.”
Council Member and fellow Capital Metro Board Member Brewster McCracken said
“There was a lot of turmoil in the agency,” McCracken said. “He did a remarkable job in transforming the agency into one that is widely acknowledged to be a clean, honest, corruption-free agency. That’s a huge achievement in any government and something we should be very grateful for.”
“If the board of CAMPO is going to be the public planning agency for all things rail, in addition to all things road, it just makes sense that Cap Metro and CAMPO be very closely in synch,” he said.
Watson said he intends to name a new chair to the Capital Metro board, hopefully by the time
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