The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) Board of Trustees announced the appointment of Emille Williams, VP, operations, to the position of interim president/CEO, effective Oct. 1, 2017.

Current President/CEO W. Curtis Stitt announced his retirement, effective Sept. 30, 2017.

Williams joined COTA’s Leadership Team in May, 2016, where he heads the operations division of the authority. Before coming to COTA, he held the position of chief engineering officer in the operations division of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority in Philadelphia.

COTA’s board also announced that it formed a 13-member committee to begin the search for a new president/CEO.

The selection committee will seek input from approximately 60 community leaders who represent the authority’s numerous and diverse stakeholders. Stakeholders will be asked to share priorities for the next leader, as well as desired professional experience, leadership characteristics and attributes.

Additionally, COTA will request input from all its customers and service-area residents, which can be shared online.

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