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CapMetro names Watkins president, CEO

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Capital Metro's board in Austin, Texas, has named Dottie Watkins the transit agency’s president and CEO

Watkins had served as interim CEO since June 2022, after former president and CEO Randy Clarke left to  become general manager and CEO of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. Watkins was selected following a nationwide search, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials said in a blog post.

Watkins joined CapMetro in 1994 as a part-time shuttle bus driver. She moved up in the leadership ranks, including as  deputy CEO, chief customer officer/chief operating officer and vice president of bus operations and maintenance. Watkins also played a key role in ensuring safety at CapMetro in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, CapMetro officials said.

"We wanted to make sure the person we selected had a stellar professional reputation, a proven track record of getting things done and, most importantly, was someone the community could trust and their staff could respect and also have confidence in," said CapMetro Chairman Jeff Travillion. "Dottie meets all those qualifications."