Capital Metro Board Hires Linda Watson

Linda Watson signs a 5-year contract today with the Capital Metro Board.
Linda addresses the crowd at the Capital Metro Board meeting after signing a five-year contract for president & CEO.

Today the Capital Metro Board approved the contract with Linda Watson for the position of Capital Metro president and CEO. She was on hand today at the board meeting to sign the contract.  Her first day on the job will be Aug. 16.

Chairman Mike Martinez said, “Today I am happy to welcome Linda Watson as the new CEO of Capital Metro. I look forward to working with Ms. Watson and the rest of the board to help Capital Metro provide the vital service that this community deserves. Linda will be a vital part in helping transform our agency into a world-class transit provider. I am confident Linda is the right person to get this done and help CapMetro turn the corner as we address our agency’s challenges. She has a wealth of experience, knowledge and a track record that shows she can run a transit agency that is efficient and effective.”

Linda’s contract covers a five-year term and follows the CEO Compensation Policy that the board adopted last month.

14 thoughts on “Capital Metro Board Hires Linda Watson

  1. N Crowther

    Welcome Aboard! Praise to the Board, staff and community for choosing such a great champion in public transit. You will have your hands full as you settle in. Please look to the community for advise–we have lots of it.

    Such a sigh of relief and a breath of fresh air.

  2. Welcome, Linda. I hope you’ll immediately address the continuing failure of your employees to treat the media with the respect it deserves rather than the contempt they’ve so recently displayed (i.e. KXAN, Statesman).

      1. Responses by many of y’all to Ben Wear in various forums I follow (including twitter), and the response you guys made to KXAN’s attempts to get information about the legal spending on the OSHA issue.

        In most cases, Ben Wear ended up right – not that it ever made any difference the next time around.

      2. Adam

        This is the first time I’ve heard anyone suggest that we do not treat the news media respectfully. I talk to Ben almost daily and have certainly never heard this from him.

      3. Adam

        You may not agree with how the organization responds to requests under the Texas Public Information Act, but I don’t think that automatically means those who request the information are treated disrespectfully.

  3. Don Dickson

    I wouldn’t characterize CM’s handling of Nanci Wilson’s Public Information Act requests as disrespectful. Misguided, but not disrespectful.

    1. No, disrespectful is the right word. Contemptuous, even. You don’t hide records from the media when you’re already under a cloud – the media represents the interests of the public in this particular interaction; the public pays your salary and has a right to know.

  4. Don Dickson

    Regarding that “legal fiasco” — a big deal was made of the attorneys’ fees paid to fight a very small OSHA civil penalty. I have been in several similar situations in which there were valid business objectives served by a similar strategy. What left me scratching my head was not that CM spent a lot of money fighting a $500 assessment, but the fact that in doing so it took a legal position that was in conflict with the posture it had assumed in other legal contexts, and which (I am told) places a large part of its revenues at risk.

    That’s the part I didn’t understand.

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