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Anthony Mortillaro walked into the North Central Regional Transit district (“NCRTD”) May 8, 2011 and wheels started turning. Appointed Interim Executive Director after Josette Lucero retired from the NCRTD at the end of April; he immediately began to review policies and procedures and took time to visit with each member of the administrative staff.
The team has also stepped up and revved their engines. Finance has completed the 2009 audit, 2010 is near completion and we are poised to begin the 2011 audit.
The NCRTD Board of Directors directed, and staff is pursuing grant funds for FTA – Tiger Greenhouse Gases, State of Good Repair, Livability and HUD Sustainable Communities. By December 2011, we expect to know if we will be awarded grant monies. Staff is collaborating to develop and fine tune policies and procedures to support and enhance efficiency and transparency within the NCRTD. It brought forth a Special Charter and Financial Policy and the Board of Directors approved both.
A Records Retention and Inspection of Public Records policy, outlining internal responsibility for acting within the State Inspection of Public Records Act and aimed at enhancing our transparency will be brought to the NCRTD Board of Directors for approval. Staff is also developing a Social Media Policy and a Strategic Marketing Plan.
The Operations Manager and Public Information Officer hosted a community event at the Park & Ride lot in Espanola for Dump the Pump Day, June 16, 2011. The NCRTD is appreciative of our riders and want to thank them and bring awareness to benefits of riding public transportation such as saving gas and money. We attended community events in Los Alamos and Espanola and talked to people of all ages, encouraging them to ride the Blue Bus. The two also spoke to the Los Alamos and Espanola Rotary Clubs and Los Alamos Senior Center offering them a historical overview of the district and engaging in conversations about NCRTD Blue Bus Service.
An Executive Director Search Committee is conducting the search for a successor to Josette Lucero. This five-member committee interviewed five candidates for the position. The entire Board will conduct a second interview with three candidates, Joe Briscoe, Harry Montoya and Anthony Mortillaro.
“We do not have a target date for having someone in the position,” said Rosemary Romero the NCRTD Board Chair; “the focus is to put the strongest person in the position to lead the NCRTD forward in both the near future and for the long term; we want to take the time we need to complete our search and fill this very important position.”
Annette Velarde is the public information officer for the NCRTD.