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SEPTA names CFO, makes additional staff changes


Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority April 12 named Joseph Casey chief financial officer and treasurer, responsible for developing SEPTA’s operating and capital budgets.

The authority’s proposed operating budget for fiscal-year 2003, which begins July 1, is $855 million; the capital budget, $500 million. Casey also will direct SEPTA’s financial services, general accounting, revenue and ridership, revenue collections, and marketing and development departments.

Casey’s served SEPTA for 20 years in such roles as assistant general manager, finance and planning; senior budget director; and manager, internal audit. Prior to joining the passenger rail authority, he served in Conrail’s audit department.

Meanwhile, SEPTA named Patrick Nowakowski director of the operations department, responsible to direct bus, subway-elevated and regional rail services, paratransit and shared-ride operations, and contract services (including Philly PHLASH and LUCY bus routes).

Nowakowski, who joined SEPTA in 1981, has served as chief engineer of the infrastructure maintenance and operations support department, and chief Blue Line officer. In addition to his new responsibilities, Nowakowski will continue to maintain bus and rail fleets, and the authority’s physical structures, plant facilities and equipment.

SEPTA also named Cheryl Spicer acting general manager for public and government affairs, and Juan Torres, acting AGM for human resources development. Spicer has served SEPTA since 1996 as chief operating officer of the authority’s customized community transit services, as well as director of the SEPTA office of civil rights. Prior experience includes a stint as deputy secretary of transportation at Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

Torres joined SEPTA in 1995 as a bus operator, and since served as chief Blue Line officer, AGM subway-elevated, and senior director of organizational development.

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