Friday, April 4, 2014

KCATA Board of Commissioners elects new officers in Wyandotte County, metro area

The Board of Commissioners of the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) elected new officers for 2014. Three new commissioners have been appointed to the board, filling vacant seats representing Kansas City, Ks., and Leavenworth County, Ks.

Daniel Serda and Dr. Ricky D. Turner have been appointed by Unified Government Mayor/CEO Mark Holland to serve as commissioners for Kansas City, Kan. Dennis Bixby has been appointed to represent Leavenworth County, replacing George Huvendick.

Serda is a city planner whose work focuses on revitalizing neighborhoods and improving the quality of the urban built environment. He is recognized for his expertise in civic design, urban design policy, community planning and neighborhood revitalization.

Turner is pastor of the Oak Ridge Missionary Baptist Church in Kansas City, Kan. Turner has a background in finance, having served as a bank officer for the Federal Reserve Bank of Oklahoma City and Vice President of Operations for Commerce Bank in Kansas City, Mo.

Bixby is Leavenworth County Commissioner and works as a design build consultant.

Jackson County, Mo., Commissioner Robbie Makinen was re-elected Chairman at the January 22 board meeting. Makinen is Economic Development Coordinator for Jackson County and Co-Chair of the area’s Regional Transit Coordinating Council.

Steve Klika, representing Johnson County, Kan., will serve as Vice Chairman in 2014.

A.J. Dusek, representing Wyandotte County, Kan., will serve as Secretary.

Michael Short, representing Platte County, Mo., has been elected to serve as Treasurer.

KCATA is governed by a 10-member Board of Commissioners, five from Missouri and five from Kansas.

Commissioners are limited to two consecutive four-year terms. Responsibility for the management, control and operation of the Authority and its properties is vested in the Board.

The Board exercises its responsibility by adopting all general policies of the Authority, including the adoption of annual capital and operating budgets, the establishment of the goals of the Authority, and the selection of a General Manager.

The Board may delegate certain duties and responsibilities to the General Manager for the management and operation of the Authority.