Port Authority identifies three candidates for CEO job
Three candidates for Port Authority's top job include a transit agency director, a transportation services company executive and a transportation consultant, the board member leading the search confirmed Thursday.
Board member Constance Parker identified the CEO candidates as Richard Ruddell, president and executive director of the Fort Worth Transportation Authority in Texas; Frank T. Martin, senior vice president at a Florida-based transportation services company Atkins North America; and Charles Monheim, a former chief operating officer at New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority who works as a transportation consultant.
“The word ‘finalist' hasn't been used. We are still interviewing people, and more candidates are possible,” Parker said.
The committee interviewed seven people to replace former CEO Steve Bland, Parker said. Port Authority fired Bland in March after months of friction between him and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald.
Parker could not identify the other four candidates.
She said a hire is not imminent.
“We'd like to make a decision as soon as possible but this is an ongoing process,” Parker said, declining to specify a timetable.
Other board members referred questions to Parker or did not return calls.
A native of Wichita, Kan., Ruddell is an Army veteran who earned a Bronze Star in the Vietnam War, according to an online biography. He worked in primarily management-level roles at transit agencies in Wichita, Topeka and Toledo, Ohio. Ruddell earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and master's degrees in business administration and urban studies from Wichita State University.
Martin joined Atkins North America, a transit service company in Orlando, as an executive in 2004. He was chief operating officer at Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority in San Jose, Calif., and assistant director of rail services at Miami-Dade Transit. He holds a master's degree from Fisk University in Nashville in urban and regional planning and a bachelor's degree in business administration from Tennessee State University.
Monheim, an independent consultant, worked with large transportation agencies in London, New Zealand, Hong Kong and elsewhere.
He oversaw subway car maintenance and upgrades in New York City in the 1980s and in the early 1990s managed bus operations and safety. He has a bachelor's degree in English literature from Amherst College and a master's degree in business administration from Stanford University.
A bill moving through the Legislature could affect who picks the CEO.
Pennsylvania's House Transportation Committee OK'd a measure on Thursday that would change the makeup of Port Authority's board. It would give the county executive four of 11 appointments to the board, down from all nine now.
County Council members in the political party opposing the county executive's would appoint two board members.
The remaining five appointments would come from the governor and legislative leaders. The full House will consider the bill.
Tom Fontaine is a Trib Total Media staff writer. Reach him at 412-320-7847 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Classical music crisis: Author says schools today aren’t building audiences
- Penguins goalie prospects push each other amid friendly competition
- Monz resigns as Carlynton football coach
- Steelers not receiving big returns on their offseason investments
- Teen hangouts at home offer privacy for kids, piece of mind for parents
- Tourism contest lets Pittsburghers ‘Steel Away’ to Bahamas
- Steelers notebook: Defense sags in NFL rankings because of struggles against the run
- Greensburg Tuesday takes
- Washington County man found dead in car over hillside
- Podlucky mansion in Ligonier Township will go to sheriff’s sale
- Pitt football notebook: Chryst still seeking improvements in running game